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Robert Johnson
Birth: 1676, England
Death: May 4, 1735
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA

Proprietary Governor and Royal Governor of South Carolina. Johnson was the son of Proprietary Governor Sir Nathaniel Johnson who was Governor of Carolina from 1703 to 1709. The younger Johnson, Robert was first appointed Proprietary Governor of South Carolina in April of 1717. He came to Carolina at a time when many coastal cities were being terrorized by pirates, including Charleston. One of his first official acts was to appoint William Rhett as commander of a naval force to locate the "gentleman pirate" Stede Bonnet who along with Blackbeard was somewhere along the North Carolina/South Carolina coast. Rhett eventually caught up with Bonnet capturing him and his crew near the outer banks of North Carolina. He and his crew were brought back to Charleston and hanged at high tide and their bodies dumped into the river. Tension grew between the "Lord Proprietors" and Johnson and he was caught between them and the assembly. The assembly asked Johnson to take over the colony in the name of the king, disregarding the will of the proprietors and report directly to the king. He refused the assembly's plea because he already held the title through the proprietors. As a result he was forced from office on December 21, 1719. Upon the passage of the act of Parliament accepting and confirming the abolition of the Proprietors' charter, and the final assumption by King George II of the immediate government of the province, Robert Johnson was again chosen in 1729 as Governor making him the first Royal Governor reporting directly to the King. This was satisfying to Johnson because he refused to betray the interests of the Proprietors by whom he had been initially appointed. He had lost his office as Proprietary Governor of the province, which the people, recognizing his high character and remembering his bravery in their defense from the pirates were extremely satisfied with his selection as Royal Governor, and until his death his was referred to as "the good Governor Robert Johnson". (bio by: Saratoga) 
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  Margaret Johnson (1686 - 1732)
  William Johnson (____ - 1732)*
  Margaret Johnson Izard (1722 - 1743)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: Interred near the chancel of the church.
Saint Philips Episcopal Church Cemetery
Charleston County
South Carolina, USA
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Record added: May 02, 2012
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