Tom L. Johnson

Thomas " Tom" Loftin Johnson ( born July 18, 1854 in Georgetown, Kentucky, † April 10, 1911 in Cleveland, Ohio ) was an American politician of the Democratic Party. From 1891 to 1895 he was a member of the House of Representatives of the United States for the 21th Congressional District of the State of Ohio. Between 1901 and 1905 he was the 35th mayor of Cleveland.


Tom L. Johnson was born in Georgetown. His first action he took on at a railway company, where he could work quite fast in a responsible position. He invented a pay- box for automobiles and has been through the registration of a patent is a wealthy man. He then invested in road construction in Indianapolis, Detroit and Cleveland. Ins U.S. House of Representatives Johnson was first elected as a candidate of the Democratic Party in 1890, he was re-elected in 1892. During his time in Congress, he represented the 21th District of Ohio, from the Congress, he retired from in 1895. After retiring, he moved to Detroit, where he was principal owner and president of the Detroit City Railway (DCR ). To return to the policy and to Cleveland, he sold his shares in 1899, the DCR. In Cleveland, he was elected to the City Council, which he chaired as mayor from 1901 to 1905. In 1905 he was the Democratic candidate in the gubernatorial elections in Ohio, but could not prevail against incumbent Myron T. Herrick himself. Johnson was a champion of unitary taxation as required by Henry George. Today, a statue of Johnson stands on the Public Square in Cleveland, which holds a book by Henry George in his hands. Johnson died in 1911 in Cleveland and was buried in the Cemetery Greenwodd.