James Johnson (Virginia congressman)

James Johnson ( * in Virginia; † December 7, 1825 in Norfolk, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1813 and 1820 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


The date of birth and the birthplace of James Johnson are not known. He attended the common schools and then studied at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in Williamsburg in this profession. In 1788 he was a member of the Assembly, which ratified the Constitution of the United States for Virginia. Politically, he was a member of the founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic- Republican Party. Between 1797 and 1813 Johnson sat several times in the House of Representatives from Virginia. Since 1807, he lived in Isle of Wight County, where he also practiced law.

In the congressional elections of 1812, Johnson was in the 20th electoral district of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Newton on March 4, 1813. After three re- elections he could remain until his resignation on February 1, 1820 in Congress. This period was initially still affected by the events of the British - American War.

Since February 1, 1820 James Johnson directed the customs authorities in Norfolk. There he died on 7 December 1825.