Grand Army of the Republic
John E. Andrew
Commander-in-Chief 1940

John E. Andrew, Commander-in-Chief, died in office June 30, 1940, aged 91 years. His grandparents, who were Quakers, had left North Carolina because of their aversion to slavery and settled In Wilmington, Ohio. Comrade Andrew was born in Westboro, Ohio, June 6, 1849, five months after the death of his father. Like all boys of that time, he worked on the farm and for the neighbors to help his mother. He enlisted February 22, 1864, as private in Company C, 79th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was wounded in the thigh at Peach Tree Creek in front of Atlanta, Georgia, July 20, 1864, this wound making him lame for the rest of his life. He rejoined his regiment November 1, 1864. He was in the march to the sea through the Carolinas, engaging in the Battles of Averysboro and Bentonville in March 1865; present at the surrender of Johnson, April 26, 1865; in the Grand Review May 24, 1865, in Washington, D.C., and was honorably discharged at Camp Dennison, Ohio, July 22,1865.

Comrade Andrew joined Henry Saint Post, Grand Army of the Republic In Monticello, Illinois in 1882; held all the offices of the post and transferred to the post in Quincy in 1918. He was elected Department Commander in 1926, Junior Vice Commander-in-Chief in 1934, and was again elected Department Commander in 1937, 1938, and 1939. He was appointed Quartermaster General in 1938 and was elected Commander-in-Chief last August in Pittsburgh.

In 1882 he was elected Sheriff of Platt County and served one term and later served three terms as Mayor of Monticello, Illinois. In 1913 he was appointed Commandant of the State Soldiers Home in Quincy and held that position for eight years.

Commander Andrew was of a sympathetic nature, always a courteous gentleman, a great student of history, and a most interesting talker. He was deeply interested in the work of the Auxiliary and Allied Orders and ever ready to advise them when he was asked for help.

R.M. Rownd,
Thomas Ambrose,
A.C. Estabrook

Journal of the 74th National Encampment, Grand Army of the Republic, Springfield, Illinois, September 8-13, 1940.

Photograph and Information submitted by:
George G. Kane
February 2002

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