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James Fletcher "Jim" Pershing, Sr
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Birth: Jan. 18, 1862
Linn County
Missouri, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1933
Manhattan
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

The New York Times February 10, 1933
James F. Pershing Dies At Age of 71
Brother of General Succumbs to Cerebral Thrombosis After a Long Illness
Resembled Each Other
James Was President of an Insurance Company
Formerly a Clothing Manufacturer
James F. Pershing, younger brother of General John J. Pershing, died last night at 10:15 o'clock in the Manhattan General Hospital, where he had been a patient since December 20. Death was due to a cerebral thrombosis. His age was 71. Mr. Pershing was taken to the hospital from his home at 324 East Forty-first Street, suffering from a heart malady. He showed steady improvement, according to his physcians, throughout the first part of his illness, but last Monday he had a relapse and since then had been in a coma nearly all the time. General Pershing, who hurried to New York when his brother was taken to the hospital, remained with him until he improved. When the relapse came the General was traveling in Texas. Since then he had kept in constant touch with the hospital. Twice yesterday he telephoned from Midland and was informed that his brother was slowly losing strength.

At the hospital last night when Mr. Pershing died were his two sons, Frank and James Jr. and his nephew, Warren, the son of General Pershing. The General was notified at once of his brother's death. Arrangements for the funeral have been deferred, possibly until tomorrow, it was said at the hospital.

Often Mistaken for Brother
Mr. Pershing was noted for his remarkable resemblance to his brother, General Pershing, who was two years his senior. So striking was the resemblance that he was often mistaken for the General. Mr. Pershing was the second of six children of John F. Pershing, proprietor of a general store at Laclede, Linn County, Missouri and the former Anna E. Thompson. He was born on January 18, 1862 two miles west of Laclede.

Early in life he entered the clothing manufacturing business. For years he was in Chicago, where one of his associates was the late Julius Rosenwald, the philanthropist. Coming to New York twenty years ago, Mr. Pershing continued in the clothing business until 1927, when he and Fred L. Bloodgood of Jersey City organized the Pershing & Bloodgood Fire Insurance Company. In 1928 the partners organized the Pavonia Fire Insurance Company, Mr. Pershing becoming President.

Interest in Boy Scouts
Mr. Pershing was interested in the Boy Scout movement for many years. He was elected President of the Jersey City Boy Scout Council in 1930, resigning last year because of ill health.

Like the General, Mr. Pershing was prominent in Masonic circles both in Chicago and New York. His clubs included the Army and Navy and the Bankers of New York and the Downtown and Carteret of Jersey City.

Surviving besides General Pershing and a sister, Miss May Pershing of Lincoln, Nebraska, are a widow, the former Jessie Jackson of Detroit, whom Mr. Pershing married in Chicago about forty years ago and two sons, James F. Jr. and Frank. Both served as infantry officers in the American Expeditionary Force in France during the World War. 
 
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 Parents:
  John Fletcher Pershing (1834 - 1906)
  Anne Elizabeth Thompson Pershing (1835 - 1902)
 
 Children:
  Frank Edwin Pershing (1885 - 1980)*
  James Fletcher Pershing (1891 - 1972)*
 
 Siblings:
  John Joseph Pershing (1860 - 1948)*
  James Fletcher Pershing (1862 - 1933)
  Mary Elizabeth Pershing Butler (1864 - 1928)*
  Anna May Pershing (1867 - 1955)*
  Ward B. Pershing (1874 - 1909)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.
 
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Sep 28, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 30147785
James Fletcher Jim Pershing, Sr
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