Johnson, Col. John A. (died 1901)
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Ottumwa Daily Democrat
July 15, 1901
Ex-Senator John A. Johnson Passes Away
In Helena, Montana.
A press dispatch from Helena, Mont., is as follows:
“Colonel John A. Johnson, a pioneer of both Iowa and Montana is dead here, aged 76 years. He was twice a member of the Iowa legislature before the civil war and came to Montana in 1864, having been prominent in political and legal circles.”
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Colonel Johnson was a member of the Seventh and Eighth general assemblies, serving in 1858 and 1860 as a senator from Wapello county. He was a prominent attorney of Ottumwa and was one of the leading democrats of the state. He was closely identified with General Crocker in business and professional life. During the war he served with conspicuous gallantry. Upon his return from the army, he determined to try his fortunes in the then unexplored wilderness of Montana, and from the first was one of the leaders in that state.
Major A. H. Hamilton and other old time residents of Ottumwa were asked to-day regarding Colonel Johnson, and though all have a remembrance of him, they did not remember much regarding his family relations, his life here, etc. He came from Sigourney in an early day and he was known as one of the brightest members of the Wapello county bar.
Wapello Obituaries maintained by Deborah Lynne Barker.
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