Pershing House - Laclede, Missouri
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 47.283 W 093° 10.157
15S E 485505 N 4404246
Quick Description: Boyhood home of the leader of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 5/20/2013 7:46:22 PM
Waymark Code: WMH4DJ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member ddtfamily
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Long Description:
The boyhood home of General John J. Pershing. One Block north of the town square, parked by a sign on a tree in the front yard Pershing House, a plain, two-story white frame building with ells on each side and a small front: porch. A detached summer kitchen is at the rear. John J. Pershing was born near Laclede, September 13, 1860. After graduating from West Point in 1886, he served in the Apache Indian campaign in New Mexico and Arizona. During the Spanish-American War he was stationed in the Philippine Islands, where he remained 15 years. In March 1916, Pershing was given command of an expedition into Mexico with orders to capture Pancho Villa. A year later,when the United States entered the World War, Woodrow Wilson named him commander-m-chief of the American Expeditionary Forces. After the war, General Pershing retired from active service. - Missouri: A Guide to the "Show Me" State, Tour 3, pgs 385 - 386

The house is now a state historic site and managed by the Department of Natural Resources.  The house is open for tours along with a school General Pershing attended as a child and also taught at as an adult.  There is also a larger than life-sized statue of General Pershing adjacent to the home.  The house is listed as a National Historic Landmark. 

Book: Missouri

Page Number(s) of Excerpt: 385 - 386

Year Originally Published: 1941

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