John Hartranft

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Birthday
16, 1830
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 17, 1889 (58)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
16, 1830
Birthplace
Pennsylvania
Death Date
Oct 17, 1889 (58)

About

After earning the prestigious Medal of Honor for his actions during the First Battle of Bull Run and the Battle of Fort Stedman, this Civil War Union Army General-turned-Republican Party politician was elected seventeenth Governor of Pennsylvania.

Before Fame

He graduated from Union College (in New York) with a civil engineering degree and subsequently worked in the railroad and real estate industries. In the mid-1850s, he served as Deputy Sheriff of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Trivia

He was present as a Provost Marshal at the trial of President Lincoln's accused assassins.

Family Life

His marriage to Sallie Douglas Sebring produced three surviving children.

Associated With

General Ulysses S. Grant bestowed upon Hartranft the title of major general after Hartranft defeated Robert E. Lee's Confederate forces at the Battle of Fort Stedman.