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John Warner Johnson

Full Name: John Warner Johnson
Birth date: August 2, 1830
Death date: 1920

Terms of Service

  • House, 16th (1) (2) (3) Legislature
    1/14/1879 - 2/17/1880
    Unaffiliated
(1) Republican, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News .
(2) A.F. Kinneson, in special election 2/17/1880, succeeded John W. Johnson, removed from district. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004 2005.
(3) Independent. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • Account of the election of 1878, Texas House of Representatives, candidates: R.C. Saunders, Ibzan William Middlebrook, and Jahu Worner [John Warner] Johnson. "Early on, Johnson tried to distance himself from his Republican roots, claiming he had been urged to run . . . as an 'independent and non-partisan candidate.'" Jahu W. Johnson forfeited his seat when he moved out of the district; Johnson and his son Gail Borden Johnson had decided to move to Houston by November 1879. Alex F. Kinnison, a Republican and "black county county commissioner and school teacher," elected in a special election 2/17/1880; however, "the legislature never convened while he held the office." Part 9: 1878-1883. Consider the Lily: the Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas .
  • Jahu Worner Johnson's election as Colorado County's presiding justice as a Republican on 1/10/1872 and election as Colorado County judge in 1876; Johnson moved to Columbus in 1867. Part 8: 1870-1878. Consider the Lily: the Ungilded History of Colorado County, Texas .
  • Jehu W. Johnson, marriage to Philadelphia W. Swift, 9/3/1856 in Guadalupe County.
    Census of 1880 - John Johnson, Houston, Harris County, age 49, born 1830 in Virginia, planter, wife Prila, son Gail, age 20, editor Texas Post. FamilySearch . 1880 Texas, County Marriage Records, 1837-1965
  • Jehu Warner Johnson (1830-1920), burial in Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, with wife Phila W. Johnson. Find a Grave .
  • Burial records, Jehu Warner Johnson, burial date 8/17/1920, section WA, lot 276 with wife Phila W. Johnson, burial date 8/17/1880. Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Texas .
  • Obituaries of Mrs. Phila W. Johnson, "Death of Mrs. Johnson," "wife of Hon. J.W. Johnson, state senator from the Columbus district," death date 8/17/1880, Galveston Daily News, 8/18/1880, p. 4; "The Late Mrs. Johnson," Galveston Daily News, 8/20/1880, p. 4. Crediting Abilene Library Consortium. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries) . August 18, 1880 August 20, 1880
  • Judge Jehu Warner Johnson, birth date 8/10/1830 in Clarksburg, Harrison County, West Virginia, death date 10/29/1920 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, married Philadelphia Wheeler Borden 9/3/1856 in Guadalupe County, Texas. Selected Families and Individuals. Terry Mason's Family History Site 1999.
  • Biographical sketch, John Warner Johnson, p. 268. Born 8/2/1830 in Harrison County, West Virginia. Elected to the House as an "Independent, by a majority of 644 over the Democratic nominee." Previously mayor of Columbus, presiding justice, inspector of public schools, and county judge. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80 1879.

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