James Johnson (Georgia)

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James Johnson
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43rd Governor of Georgia
In office
June 17, 1865 – December 14, 1865
Preceded by Joseph E. Brown
Succeeded by Charles J. Jenkins
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1853
Preceded by Marshall J. Wellborn
Succeeded by Alfred H. Colquitt
Personal details
Born February 12, 1811
Robeson County, North Carolina
Died November 20, 1891 (aged 80)
Chattahoochee County, Georgia
Resting place Linwood Cemetery, Columbus, Georgia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater University of Georgia
Profession Law

James Johnson (February 12, 1811 – November 20, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Georgia and served as the 43rd Governor of Georgia between June and October 1865.

He was born in 1811 in Robeson County, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 1832 and moved to Columbus, Georgia where he started his law practice after passing the bar in 1835. In 1851, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives as a Unionist and opposed secession. He was appointed as Governor of Georgia on June 17, 1865 after the Civil War by U.S. President Andrew Johnson (unrelated),[1] and tasked primarily with reorganizing the state government, which had collapsed with the Confederacy. He served until a constitutional convention was held in Milledgeville in October 1865; at that convention, the Secession Ordinance was repealed, a new constitution was adopted, and the State's war debt was repudiated. He unsuccessfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 1866. He died in 1891 in Chattahoochee County, Georgia.


  1. ^ Presidential Proclamation No. 41, 17 June 1865, 13 Stat. 764

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Marshall J. Wellborn
U.S. Representative from the 2nd District of Georgia
Succeeded by
Alfred H. Colquitt
Political offices
Preceded by
Joseph E. Brown
Governor of Georgia
Succeeded by
Charles J. Jenkins