Perley B. Johnson

Perley Brown Johnson ( born September 8, 1798 in Marietta, Northwest Territory, † February 9, 1870 in McConnelsville, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Perley Johnson attended the public schools of his home. After a subsequent medical studies and his medical license, he began to work in this profession from 1822 in Marietta. A year later he moved and his medical practice after McConnelsville. In 1825 he was also usher at the local Court of Appeal. He also embarked on a political career. Between 1833 and 1835 he was a delegate in the House of Representatives from Ohio. In the 1830s he joined the Whig Party was founded at that time.

In the congressional elections of 1842 Johnson was in the 13th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he succeeded James Mathews took up on March 4, 1843, who moved into the 16th district. Since he has not been confirmed in 1844, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1845. This period was characterized by the tensions between President John Tyler and the Whigs. It was also at that time already been discussed about a possible annexation of the independent Republic of Texas since 1836 by Mexico.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Perley Johnson practiced as a physician until 1847. Then he gave up this profession for health reasons and withdrew into retirement. He died on February 9, 1870 in McConnelsville, where he was also buried.