Name: John Avery MCILHENNY
Birth: 29 OCT 1867 in Avery Island,Iberia Parish,Louisiana
Death: 18 OCT 1926 in Charlottesville,Virginia
Burial: Arlington National Cemetery
OCCUPATION: He was a businessman, soldier and politician.
Change Date: 13 JUL 2006 at 18:34:02
Education: He was educated at first privately at Avery Island. He later attended Holbrook Military Academy, Ossining, New York; Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts; and at Tulane University in New Orleans.
MILITARY: He joined Theodore Roosevelt's 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry ("The Rough Riders"), as a member of Troop F, on 19 May 1898. He participated in the battles of Las Guasimas and San Juan Hill (Kettle Hill), Cuba. He claimed to have saved Roosevelt from a sniper's bullet. McIlhenny was promoted by Roosevelt for "gallantry in action", and was discharged as a 2nd Lieutenant, Troop E, on 15 Sep 1898.
BIOGRAPHY: He was the son of the inventor of Tabasco brand pepper sauce, and on his father's death oversaw the company's operations with his mother. Following his service in the Spanish-American War he entered politics, serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1900-04; and the State Senate, 1904-06. He was a Democrat, but supported the Republican Roosevelt during the latter's campaigns of 1904 and 1912. McIlhenny was appointed a U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, 30 November 1906; retained that post under Taft; and was appointed president of the Commission 12 June 1919. He resigned 11 October 1922 and retired in Washington, D.C. He purchased a farm near Charlottesville, Virginia, on 18 October 1926 and was debilitated by a series of heart attacks in the late 1930's.
Father: Edmund MCILHENNY b: 1815 in Hagerstown,Washington County,Maryland
Mother: Mary Elizabeth AVERY b: 19 MAY 1838 in Baton Rouge,Louisiana
Anita Vincent STAUFFER b: MAR 1886 in Louisiana
- John Stauffer MCILHENNY b: 25 MAY 1909 in Virginia
- Walter Stauffer MCILHENNY b: 22 OCT 1910 in Washington,D. C.
- Title: 2nd Lieutenant John Avery McIlhenny, Troop E, 1st U. S. Volunteer Cavalry ("Rough Riders")
Author: Shane K. Bernard, Ph. D.
Publication: The Spanish - American War Centennial Website, www.spanamwar.com
Abbrev: John Avery McIlhenny
- Title: The Dictionary of Louisiana Biography
Author: Entry by Shane K. Bernard
Publication: USL, Center for Louisiana Studies, Louisiana Historical Association, 1998
Abbrev: Louisiana Biography