John Morgan Greer
Portrait, Governor’s Photograph Album,1878, RG 22, PSA
Born August 3, 1844, John was the son of Thomas and Margaret Jane (Morgan) Greer; educated at home and common schools, attending Connoquenessing Academy at Zelienople. He taught school, 1861-1862; enlisted in Co. D, 137th Regt., PVI, nine-month service. Participated in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Chancellorsville; returned to teaching; re-enlisted, March 1864, Battery E, 2d Pennsylvania Artillery, reorganized as the 2d Provisional Artillery; Sgt., Battery B, Ledlie’s Div., Ninth U.S. Army Corps. Greer returned to action at the Wilderness; Spotsylvania; North Anna River; Cold Harbor; Petersburg; and Mine Explosion (aka the Crater); shot through the left thigh at the latter while commanding his company. He remained in a military hospital until March 1865; returned to his company at Appomattox and mustered out with his regiment, February 1866. The Senator continued teaching; read law with Judge Wilson McCandless; joined the Butler County bar, Sept. 23, 1867; entered private practice; district attorney, 1868; partnership with Judge McCandless, 1873; state Senate, 1877-1884; inspector of the Soldiers’ Orphans Schools under Governor Beaver, and President Judge, 17th Judicial District, 1892. He married Julia S. Butler on March 24, 1864 and passed away in Butler, March 16, 1912.