Grand Army of the Republic
John F. Hartranft, the sixth Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, was born in New Hanover, Pennsylvania, December 16, 1830. He was one of the first to respond to Lincoln's call for troops in April 1861. He received the rank of major general and was given the Medal of honor. General Hartranft was twice Governor of Pennsylvania and at the time of his death, October 17, 1889, he was in command of the National Guard of Pennsylvania.
He was elected Commander-in-Chief of the Grand Army of the Republic in 1875 and again 1876. He was a charter member of Post No. 11, Norristown, Pennsylvania.
Final Journal of the Grand Army of the Republic, 1957. Compiled by Cora Gillis, Jamestown, New York, Past National President, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War, 1861-1865, Inc. and last National Secretary of the Grand Army of the Republic.
Lorraine Orton, Past Department President
Woman's Relief Corps, Aux. to GAR
Camillus, New York
November 25, 1999