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James JOHNSON

(1811-1891)

JOHNSON, James, a Representative from Georgia; born in Robeson County, N.C., February 12, 1811; was graduated from the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga., 1832; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1835 and commenced practice in Columbus, Ga., in 1836; prosecuting attorney of Muscogee County; elected as a Unionist to the Thirty-second Congress (March 4, 1851-March 3, 1853); unsuccessful candidate for reelection; appointed Provisional Governor of Georgia in 1865 and served from June 17, 1865-December 19, 1865; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1866; collector of customs at Savannah, Ga., 1866-1869; presidential elector on the Republican ticket in 1868; judge of the superior court of Georgia, July 1, 1869-October 1, 1875; resumed the practice of law; died on November 20, 1891, at his plantation in Chattahoochee County, Ohio; interment in Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Ga.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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