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Robert Davis JOHNSON

(1883-1961)

JOHNSON, Robert Davis, a Representative from Missouri; born on a farm near Slater, Saline County, Mo., August 12, 1883; educated in the rural graded schools of his native county, and was graduated from the Portland (Ind.) High School in 1901; attended the Missouri Valley College, Marshall, Mo.; taught school in Saline Valley and Orearville, Mo., 1901-1907; served as clerk of the circuit court of Saline County 1915-1923; while serving as clerk also studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1917 and commenced practice in Marshall, Mo., in 1923; served as prosecuting attorney of Saline County 1925-1928; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel C. Major and served from September 29, 1931, to March 3, 1933; unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932; resumed the practice of law in Marshall, Mo.; elected judge of the State circuit court of the fifteenth judicial circuit of Missouri on November 5, 1940, and served until January 1, 1947; again resumed the practice of law in Marshall, Mo., where he died October 23, 1961; interment in Ridge Park Cemetery.

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

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