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Encyclopedia > Henry Johnson (Louisiana)

Henry Johnson (1783-1864) was the Governor of Louisiana, and served the state as a United States Representative and as a United States Senator. 1783 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ...

According to the deposition of Joe Johnson (Woodville, Miss), thesis of Anna Mae Schmidt, LSU, 1935, Governor Johnson was born in Davidson County, Tennessee. Another source claims his birth to be Sept 1783, in Virginia. The family is said to have resided in southern Virginia. Became member of Virginia Bar. In 1809, moved to the Territory of Orleans, as clerk of the second superior court of the Territory.

In 1812, he lost a bid to the U.S. Congress. Until his next race, he practiced law in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. He served as Louisiana governor from 1824 until 1828.

In 1844, he was appointed to fill the vacant U.S. Senate position of the deceased Alexander Porter. Johnson remained in the Senate until 1849.

According to Ms. Schmidt's thesis (testimony of Joe Johnson), Gov. Johnson was married to Elizabeth Key, daughter of Philip B. Key, cousin of Francis Scott Key. Johnson: "During the War between the States, Gov. Johnson refugeed to Point (sic) Coupe'e Parish, Louisiana, where he died at the close of the war, living at the time at Woodly Plantation, where he was temporarily buried and later moved to Donaldsonville."

In Ms. Schmidt's thesis is this account from John Battiste, son of Louis and Medora Battiste, slaves of Henry Johnson. Medora was the "special maid" in waiting for Mrs. Johnson: "John says that Mrs. Johnson was a Catholic. She attended the church in Donaldsonville."

According to Sidney Marchand, "Story of Ascension Parish", Johnson bequeathed the land of the present Ascension Episcopal Church in Donaldsonville (corner Attakapas/Nicholls and St. Patrick Streets).

Preceded by
William C.C. Claiborne
United States Senator (Class 2) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Eligius Fromentin, James Brown, Josiah S. Johnston
Succeeded by
Dominique Bouligny



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