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McGinness, John Randolph; briggen., U. S. A.; born, near Dublin, Ireland, Sept. 17, 1840; son of Francis and Anne (Hartford) McGinness; graduate, U. S. Military Academy, 1863; unmarried; appointed 1st lieut. ordnance, June 11, 1863; took part in Civil War, becoming chief ordnance officer, Dept. of the South, April, 1864, and afterward on various duties; bvtd. capt. and maj. for gallant and meritorious services before Charleston; promoted capt., Feb. 10, 1869; maj. June 1, 1881; lieut.col., July 7, 1898; col., June 14, 1902; chief ordnance officer P. I., Dec. 31, 1898-April 1, 1901; Dept. Cal., 1901-1902, Lakes, 1902-1904; brig. gen. and retired, Sept. IT. 1904.