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John Eugene McMahon
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John McMahon commanding the 5th division, near Cuisy, 1918
Born (1860-12-08)December 8, 1860
Buffalo, New York
Died January 28, 1920(1920-01-28) (aged 59)
Princeton, New Jersey
Place of burial
Oak Hill Cemetery, Washington, D.C.
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch United States Army seal United States Army
Years of service 1886–1919
Rank US-O8 insignia.svg Major general
Unit 4th U.S. Artillery
Commands held 5th Infantry Division
41st Infantry Division
Battles/wars Spanish–American War
Philippine–American War
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.

Early life

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.

Military career

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.

Personal life

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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