John Avery McIlhenny

John Avery McIlhenny

Avery Island, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 8 Nov 1942 (aged 75)
Charlottesville, Charlottesville City, Virginia, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 8, Grave 6242
Memorial ID 10960854 · View Source
Suggest Edits

United States Army Officer, Presidential Cabinet Official. He was the son of Tabasco brand pepper sauce inventor Edmund McIlhenny and after his father's death in 1890, he oversaw the business operations with his mother. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he joined the First Volunteer Cavalry of the United States Army, the celebrated Rough Riders on May 19, 1898. Participating in the battles of Las Guasimas and San Juan Hill, Cuba, he was claimed to have saved Theodore Roosevelt from sniper's bullet. Promoted 2nd Lieutenant, of Troop E, by Roosevelt for gallantry in action, he was discharged on September 15, 1898. He and Theodore Roosevelt became life long friends. He entered politics, serving in the Louisiana House of Representatives, 1900-1904 and the State Senate, 1904-1906. On November 30, 1906, President Theodore Roosevelt, appointed him U.S. Civil Service Commissioner. He retained post under Taft and Wilson, was appointed president of U.S. Civil Service Commission, on June 12, 1913 and appointed financial advisor to Haiti during U.S. occupation on January 27, 1919. He resigned from public office on October 11, 1922 and retired in Washington, D.C.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


In their memory
Plant Memorial Trees



How famous was John Avery McIlhenny?

Current rating:

41 votes

to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: John "J-Cat" Griffith
  • Added: 14 May 2005
  • Find a Grave Memorial 10960854
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for John Avery McIlhenny (29 Oct 1867–8 Nov 1942), Find a Grave Memorial no. 10960854, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .