|Birth: ||Sep. 16, 1856|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1933|
A native of Dadeville in Tallapoosa County, Alabama, Johnson was primarily reared in Scott County, near Forest, Mississippi. He lived in Columbia County, Arkansas, before relocating to Homer, the seat of Claiborne Parish, where he was mayor prior to 1916, when he was elected without opposition to the first of two terms in the Louisiana State Senate.
He left Homer after one year and lived near Ashland in northern Natchitoches Parish from 1898-1906. In 1901, he named the community of Ashland after a former residence in Ashland, Wisconsin, where Johnson had been employed by the United States Land Office. He donated the land that became the former Ashland High School and engaged in timber and real estate in Natchitoches Parish before returning to Homer, where he was president of Homer State Bank. He served on the Claiborne Parish School Board prior to 1910 and had been a schoolteacher for a time while he resided in Arkansas.
As mayor of Homer, Johnson was instrumental in bringing electric lights and water works to the community. He was the chairman of the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee. He was urged by friends to run for governor of Louisiana in 1924, but he declined, and Henry L. Fuqua was elected.
A Baptist, Johnson in 1883 married the former Julia Pittman. The couple had eleven children, three of whom had died by 1925. A Johnson great-grandson, Tony Johnson, is in the real estate business in Homer.
Julia C. Pittman Johnson (1865 - 1952)*
Sallie E Johnson McGoldrick (1885 - 1906)*
Patrick Henry Johnson (1887 - 1956)*
William Nash Johnson (1896 - 1945)*
Julia L. Johnson (1898 - 1936)*
Andrew Robinson Johnson (1900 - 1972)*
Eskridge Evelyn Johnson Bultman (1903 - 1990)*
Red River Parish
Created by: Billy Hathorn
Record added: May 26, 2010
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