John T. Axton

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John Thomas Axton
Colonel John Thomas Axton
First Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
Born (1870-07-28)July 28, 1870
Salt Lake City, Utah
Died July 20, 1934(1934-07-20) (aged 63)
Washington, D.C.
Resting Place Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, Virginia
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch Emblem of the United States Department of the Army.svg United States Army
Years of service 1902 - 1928
Rank US-O6 insignia.svg Colonel
Commands held U.S. Army Chaplain Corps
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Medal ribbon.svg Distinguished Service Medal

Chaplain (Colonel) John Thomas Axton, USA (July 28, 1870 - July 20, 1934) was an American Army officer who served as the First Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army from 1920 to 1928.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

John Thomas Axton was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on July 28, 1870. He attended Salt Lake public schools. Then, he attended Middlebury College in Vermont where he graduated with a Doctor in Divinity degree in 1919.[2]


Axton served as general secretary for the Y.M.C.A. from 1893-1902.[2]

Axton was appointed a chaplain with the United States Army in 1902.[2]


Axton received the Army Distinguished Service Medal for his services during World War I.[3]



  1. ^ Hewes, James E. (1983). PRINCIPAL OFFICIALS OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY, 1900-1963. U.S. Government Printing Office. 
  2. ^ a b c Who Was Who in American History - the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1975. p. 20. ISBN 0837932017. 
  3. ^ "Valor awards for John T. Axton". 

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Military offices
Preceded by
Chief of Chaplains of the United States Army
1920 – 1928
Succeeded by
Edmund P. Easterbrook