Saturday, May 30, 2009

John Turner

Born in Saratoga County, New York on July 19, 1833, John Wesley Turner was an honorary member of the Union Club.  He graduated from West Point in 1855 and, during the Civil War, served as a staff officer under General David Hunter and, later, General Benjamin Butler.  Promoted to general in 1865, Turner commanded a division at Petersburg and was involved in the pursuit of Confederate forces during the Appomattox campaign.  After the war, he was the military administrator of Richmond, Virginia and was transferred to St. Louis in October of 1866, serving as purchasing and depot commissary.  He resigned from the army in 1871 and returned to St. Louis where he was involved in numerous business interests and served as street commissioner from 1877 to 1888. 

Turner died in St. Louis on April 8, 1899. 

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