John Lord Otis (July 15, 1827 - March 14, 1894) was an American politician who served as a brevet brigadier general in the Union Army during the period of the American Civil War. Otis began working in a cotton factory at the age of 8 where he gained knowledge of mechanical engineering.In 1851, he took control of the Pacific Mills of Manchester, Connecticut, and later established the Otis Manufacturing Company. After the war, Otis ran the Florence Sewing Machine Company and helped establish the Northampton Emery Wheel Company.
He was elected state representative in 1877 and state senator in 1879 and 1880. In his last years, Otis was in ill health and would spend winters in the South. In January 1894, he had a heart attack.
He attempted to return to New England, but he died when he reached Tarpon Springs on March 14, 1894. Otis was wounded once at the 1862 Battle of New Bern and twice at the Battle of Kinston. He fought with General Ambrose Burnside in North Carolina and General John Gray Foster in South Carolina. In 1864, he joined the Army of the James. Otis had been promoted to the rank of colonel in February 1863. At the end of the war, he was named a brevet brigadier general with a promotion date of March 13, 1865. Residence Manchester CT; 34 years old. Enlisted on 8/29/1861 as a 2nd Lieutenant. On 10/29/1861 he was commissioned into "B" Co. He was discharged on 10/18/1864. Wounded 3/14/1862 New Berne, NC. 1st Lieut 12/4/1861 As of Co. Capt 12/9/1861 As of Co. 12/4/1861 from company B to company F. 12/9/1861 from company F to company B. 7/15/1862 from company B to company I (Estimated day of transfer).
11/29/1862 from company I to Field & Staff. Born 7/15/1827 in Lyme, CT.
Member of GAR Post # 86 W. Died 3/15/1894 in Tarpon Springs, FL.After the War he lived in Leeds, MA. Sources used by Historical Data Systems, Inc. Connecticut: Record of Service of Men during War of Rebellion. Register of the Commandery of the State of Massachusetts MOLLUS. Dyer: A Compendium of the War of the Rebellion. Brevet Brigadier Generals in Blue. Photo courtsey of Frank Vattelana. (c) Historical Data Systems, Inc.
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