John Johnson (Ohio congressman)

John Johnson ( * 1805 in Dungannon, County Tyrone, United Kingdom, † February 5, 1867 in Coshocton, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1851 and 1853 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In 1818 John Johnson came with his mother from his Northern Ireland homeland after Coshocton, Ohio. He received only a limited education and served an apprenticeship in the tanning trade. Later he worked in trading and banking industry. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1843 and 1844 he was a member of the Senate of Ohio; 1849 to 1850 he was a delegate to a constitutional convention of his state.

In the congressional elections of 1850 Johnson was an independent Democrat in the 16th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Moses Hoagland on March 4, 1851. Since he resigned in 1852 to further candidacy, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1853. This was marked by the events leading up to the Civil War.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, John Johnson retired from politics. For some years he remained in Washington, before he returned to Coshocton. There, he worked in the banking industry and in agriculture. He died on 5 February 1867.