Bedford County TN Biographies

W.I. Johnson

HON. W. I. JOHNSON, son of C. C. and S. Johnson, of Scotch-Irish lineage, was born February 15, 1845, in Bedford county, Tennessee, and educated in Alabama. He first came to Texas in 1857, and located for a while in Tarrant county; but in 1865 he removed to Smith county, remaining there for two years. He then moved, and settled permanently in Titus county, where he now resides, engaged in merchandising. Mr. Johnson represents the Nineteenth Legislative District in the House of Representatives of the Twenty-first session Texas Legislature, to which he was elected by 3600 majority. He has served as constable, justice of the peace, county judge of Titus county, and county commissioner.

In 1861 he was in the Confederate army with the First Texas cavalry, and was engaged in two battles with the Indians on the Wichita and San Saba, and the cattle of Pleasant Hill. He is the author of the joint resolution urging the Texas representatives in Congress to change the mode of the Presidential election from the Electoral College system to a popular vote directly by the people, and also of the bill requiring the payment of a poll tax as a condition of suffrage. He was married in 1865 to Miss S. A. Armstrong, of Upshur county. For several years Mr. Johnson edited a newspaper in Franklin and Titus counties. He is a Democrat, a Mason, and a member of the Knights of Honor.

Contributed by Kim Torp - [Personnel of the Texas State Government, with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, Embracing the Executive and Staff, Heads of the Departments, United States Senators and Representatives, Members of the Twenty-first Legislature; Smith, Hicks & Jones, printers, 1889]

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