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John Johnson

John Johnson
Full Name: John "Rutabaga" Johnson
Birth date: February 23, 1819
Death date: August 5, 1899

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 19th (1) & 18th (2) (3) Legislatures
    1/9/1883 - 1/11/1887
(1) Independent, p. 163. Burke's Texas Almanac and Immigrants' Handbook for 1885 1885.
(2) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas 1883.
(3) 18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 4 years. Senate Journal . January 9, 1883
January 10, 1883

Biographical Notes and Resources


Other Resources

  • Census of 1870 - John Johnson, Collin County, age 50, born circa 1820 in North Carolina, farmer, wife Polly.
    Census of 1880 - John Johnson, McKinney, Collin County, age 60, born circa 1820 in North Carolina, wife Polly. FamilySearch . 1880 1870
  • John Johnson, birth date 2/23/1819, death date 8/5/1899, burial in Johnson Cemetery, New Hope, Collin County. Includes portrait, biographical sketch. Find a Grave .
  • Biographical sketch, p. 83-84. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature 1885.
  • Obituary, "Capt. Johnson Dead," The Democrat, 8/10/1899, p. 5, crediting Collin County Genealogical Society. "He was elected as a member of the constitutional convention of Texas in 1875 and also to the State senate afterwards. It was in these bodies, by his earnest advocacy of the farmer's interests, he won from his political adversaries the sobriquet of Rutabaga Johnson which name he graciously accepted and almost invariably signed it to articles for publication." Death date 8/5/1899. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) .
  • Biographical sketch, p. 242. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83 1883.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 307, 309. Represented De Kalb County, Missouri, in Missouri Legislature in 1856; later moved to Texas and settled in McKinney. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.
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