Albert Johnson (congressman)

Albert Johnson ( born March 5, 1869 in Springfield, Illinois, † January 17, 1957 in American Lake, Washington) was an American politician who represented the Washington State in the U.S. House of Representatives.


After his birth in Illinois Johnson attended elementary school and high school in Atchison and Hiawatha (Kansas). From 1888 to 1891 he worked in Missouri as a reporter for the St. Joseph Herald and then for the St. Louis Globe - Democrat, 1896 and 1897 as managing editor of the New Haven Register, and in 1898 as an editor at the Washington Post. In 1898 he went to Tacoma (Washington) to Tacoma News and 1907 he was editor and publisher of the Grays Harbor Washingtonian in Hoquiam.


Albert Johnson was first elected as a Member of the Republican Party in the 63rd Congress and represented there at first to the second and later the third election district of his state in the next ten legislative periods of 4 March 1913 to 3 March 1933. During the election in November 1932 Johnson defeated Democrat Martin F. Smith.

Despite his position as a congressman, he served during World War II as a captain of a chemical warfare unit and was discharged on 29 November 1918 in honor of the army. He sat from the 66th to the 71st Congress as chairman of the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization ago, where he played an important role in the enforcement of anti-immigration legislation of the 1920s. Johnson was principal author of the Immigration Act of 1924, which he called " a stream of alien blood, with all its inherited false assumptions regarding the relationship between the governance and the governed " defended in 1927 as a bulwark against.

Johnson retired in 1934 from the newspaper industry. He died on January 17, 1957 in a nursing home for veterans in American Lake and was buried in Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.