The Road to Civil War

Robert W. Johnson

(22 July, 1814 — 26 July, 1879) Johnson was an American lawyer and politician. Born in Scott County, Ky., Johnson moved with his father to Arkansas in 1821, studied law, and was admitted to the bar in 1835. Johnson served as Prosecuting Attorney for the Little Rock circuit from 1840 to 1842. Johnson was elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth, Thirty-first, and Thirty-second Congresses serving from March 4th, 1846 to March 3rd, 1853. In 1852, Johnson declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852. Afterwards, Johnson was appointed and elected to the Utited States Senate in order to fill a vacancy after the resignation of Solon Borland. Johnson served in the Senate from July 6th 1853 to March 3rd, 1861. Johnson subsequently acted as a delegate to the Provisional Government of the Confederate States in 1862 and later, as a member of the Confederate Senate from 1862 to 1865. After an unsucessful run for the United States Senate in 1878, Johnson died in 1879. [Source: 'Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774- Present', available at]

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