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John Eugene McMahon
John McMahon commanding the 5th division, near Cuisy, 1918
December 8, 1860|
Buffalo, New York
|Died||January 28, 1920
Princeton, New Jersey
|Place of burial||
Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
||United States Army|
|Years of service||1886–1919|
|Unit||4th U.S. Artillery|
|Commands held||5th Infantry Division
41st Infantry Division
World War I
|Relations||John E. McMahon Jr.|
Major General John Eugene McMahon (December 8, 1860 – January 28, 1920) was a U.S. Army major general. He also was the father of John E. McMahon Jr. (1890-1971), a career Army officer who attained the rank of brigadier general.
McMahon was born on December 8, 1860, in Buffalo, New York, to Colonel John E. McMahon and Esther Bryan McMahon. He graduated from Fordham University in 1880 with an A.B. degree, and he entered the United States Military Academy and graduated number eleven of seventy-seven in the class of 1886.
McMahon was commissioned in the Fourth Artillery. From 1891 to 1895, he was an aide to General Alexander McDowell McCook. During the Spanish–American War, he was the adjutant general of Second Brigade, Provisional Division, from June to July 1898. He was in Puerto Rico in 1898 and 1899, and served during the Philippine–American War. On December 17, 1917, he was promoted to major general (NA). He commanded the 5th Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Force from January 1 to October 18, 1918. He was also commanding general, 41st Infantry Division from October 21 to 23, 1918.
He retired as a colonel due to disabilities in 1919. His rank of major general was restored posthumously in 1930.
He married Caroline Bache on May 12, 1888 and was a modern languages instructor at the United States Military Academy from 1890 to 1891. He died in Princeton, New Jersey, at the age of 67 years old on January 28, 1920.
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