Left to right, John McConihe, William McConihe, and Samuel McConihe.
John was a graduate of Union College, of the class of 1853, of which he bore off the first honors. Leaving college, Col. McConihe took up the study of the law, and graduated at the Albany Law School. Receiving his degrees in the laws, Col. McConihe proceeded to the West and took up his residence in Nebraska, where he held the office of Private Secretary to the late Governor Black, Adjutant-General of the Territory, and Master in Chancery, and was candidate of his party for the mayoralty of Omaha City. At the opening of the war he entered the army, and was made Captain of a company in the 1st Nebraska Volunteers, in which position he served in Missouri, and was severely wounded in the left arm at the Battle of Shiloh. He later became Colonel of the 169th New York Infantry and was killed at the Battle of Cold Harbor, Virginia, shot in the heart.