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Johnson, James Weldon

(Encyclopedia) Johnson, James Weldon, 1871–1938, American author, b. Jacksonville, Fla., educated at Atlanta Univ. (B.A., 1894) and at Columbia. Johnson was the first African American…

Johnson, John Rosamond

(Encyclopedia) Johnson, John Rosamond, 1873–1954, American composer and singer, b. Jacksonville, Fla. After a career in music halls and light opera in England and on the Continent,…

Johnson, Cave

(Encyclopedia) Johnson, Cave, 1793–1866, American political leader, b. Robertson co., Tenn. He practiced law in his native state and served (1829–37, 1839–45) in the U.S. House of…

Pillow, Gideon Johnson

(Encyclopedia) Pillow, Gideon Johnson, 1806–78, American general, b. Williamson co., Tenn. In the Mexican War he was appointed brigadier general of Tennessee volunteers by his former…

Johnson, Jack

(Encyclopedia) Johnson, Jack (John Arthur Johnson), 1878–1946, American boxer, b. Galveston, Tex., the son of two ex-slaves. Emerging from the battle royals (dehumanizing fights between…

Johnson, Samuel

(Encyclopedia) Johnson, Samuel, 1709–84, English author, b. Lichfield. The leading literary scholar and critic of his time, Johnson helped to shape and define the Augustan Age. He was…

Samuel Johnson

A towering figure of 18th-century English literature, Samuel Johnson gained fame from his conversation and wit as much as from his writings. The son of a bookseller, Johnson moved to London in the…

Dakota Johnson

Dakota Johnson is the actress best known for playing a shy sexual adventuress in the 2015 film Fifty Shades of Grey. Born in 1989, Dakota Johnson was a child of Hollywood: her mother was actress…

Don Johnson

A veteran of routine leading man roles during the 1970s, Don Johnson labored in relative obscurity until the smash success of the stylish 1980s police drama Miami Vice (1984-89). The MTV-inspired…