Jed Johnson (Oklahoma)
|Judge of the United States Customs Court|
June 25, 1947 – May 8, 1963
|Appointed by||Harry S. Truman|
|Preceded by||William John Keefe|
|Succeeded by||James Lopez Watson|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th district
March 4, 1927 – January 3, 1947
|Preceded by||J. W. Elmer Thomas|
|Succeeded by||Toby Morris|
|Born||Jed Joseph Johnson
July 31, 1888
|Died||May 8, 1963
New York City
|Resting place||Rose Hill Cemetery
|Alma mater||University of Oklahoma College of Law LL.B.|
Early life and education
Johnson was born in Waxahachie, Texas and he graduated from the University of Oklahoma's law department, class of 1915, receiving a Bachelor of Laws degree, with postgraduate work at l’Université de Clermont at Clermont-Ferrand, France. He was admitted to the bar in 1918 and began practicing law in Walters, Oklahoma. Johnson served overseas as a private in World War I in Company L of the 36th Division in 1918 and 1919. He edited a newspaper in Cotton County, Oklahoma, from 1920 to 1922.
He was first elected to public office to the Oklahoma State Senate in 1920 as a Democrat and served until 1926, when he was elected to the House of Representatives. He served as a delegate to the annual peace conference of the Interparliamentary Union at Paris, France, in 1927 and 1937, and at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1929, and was chairman of the speakers’ bureau for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He served 20 years in Congress until losing the Democratic primary election in 1946.
Federal Judicial Service
Johnson was appointed to the United States Customs Court by President Roosevelt in 1945, but declined it. On April 7, 1947, President Truman nominated him to serve as a Judge on the Customs Court, to the seat vacated by Judge William John Keefe. He was confirmed by the Senate on June 23, 1947 and received his commission on June 25, 1947. He served on the court until his death and was succeeded by Judge James Lopez Watson.
His son Jed Johnson, Jr. served one term in Congress.
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- Hanneman, Carolyn G. "Johnson, Jed Joseph (1888-1963)". Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
- Jed Johnson (Oklahoma) at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Jed Johnson at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- "Jed Joseph Johnson". U.S. Congressman. Find a Grave. October 5, 2005. Retrieved February 17, 2013.