Richard M. Gano (1830 – 1913)

Note:  Richard was the son of John Allen Gano and Mary Catherine Conn, great-great-granddaughter of James and Agnes Ware.  October 1827, Catherine married John A. Gano,  grandson of  Rev. John Gano, of revolutionary War fame.

RICHARD M. GANO, son of the lamented John Allen Gano, was born in Kentucky, June 17th, 1830.  After receiving a collegiate education at Bacon and Bethany college, and graduating at the Medical University of Louisville (A.D. 1849), he came to Texas, where he practiced his profession successfully for several years.  He served two years in the legislature of the State.

At the breaking out of the late civil war, he enlisted as a private in the Confederate army, was elected captain and soon promoted to major, thence to colonel and finally brigadier general, in rapid succession.  He was loved and honored by the men in his command, and is yet.  I suppose he will always be called ‘Gen. Gano;’ but I prefer to think of him as wearing the higher title of which he writes so tenderly in his sermon, the name of Christian-the loftiest title ever bestowed on mortal man.  While in the army, Bro. Gano resolved to devote himself  to preaching the gospel, and gave many religious talks to his men,which was called preaching.  It is said he commanded his men, doctored them when sick, and preached to them on Sunday.  But he was not formally set apart to the ministry till 1866, when he was ordained by Jno. A. Gano, Winthrop Hopson, and the elders of the Old Union church, in Kentucky.

As a migratory bird, he passed back and forth from Kentucky to Texas, preaching in both States.  He has influenced about 5,000 persons to take upon them the precious name of which he writes, and has not yet laid down his armor.  He now lives in Dallas, Texas, where he has done much preaching.”

Sources:  Text from Scott, Lawrence W. (editor), Texas Pulpit by Christian Preachers . St Louis: Christian Publishing Company, 1888. pages 397-398.

Photo, from the Amack Family Tree, Lewis Amack on-line at


Richard M. Gano (1830 – 1913) — 1 Comment

  1. We were wondering if Richard M Gano Jr is related to you. He was born in 1913 and served I WWII. If so please answer. We have a photo military i.d. that my father had in his belongings.

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