Luther Alexander Johnson

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Luther Alexander Johnson
Luther Alexander Johnson.jpg
Johnson in 1941.
Judge United States Tax Court
In office
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – July 17, 1946
Preceded by Rufus Hardy
Succeeded by Olin E. Teague
District Attorney
Texas 13th Judicial District
In office
County Attorney
Navarro County
In office
Personal details
Born (1875-10-29)October 29, 1875
Corsicana, Texas
Died June 6, 1965(1965-06-06) (aged 89)
Corsicana, Texas
Resting place Oakwood Cemetery
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Turner Read
Children Two children
Residence Corsicana, Texas
Alma mater Cumberland University
Profession Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Luther Alexander Johnson (October 29, 1875 – June 6, 1965) was a United States Congressman from the U.S. state of Texas

Early years[edit]

Luther was born in Corsicana, Texas, where he attended the public schools. He received his L.L.B. in 1896 from Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee, and was admitted to the Bar association the same year.[1] He commenced practice in Corsicana and was attorney for Central Texas Grocery Company and The Royall Coffee Company.[1]

He was a prosecuting attorney of Navarro County from 1898 to 1902 and district attorney of the thirteenth judicial district of Texas from 1904 to 1910.


He served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1916 and as chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1920. Johnson was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-eighth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1923, until his resignation on July 17, 1946. In his legislative role, he was most famous for his part in the passage of the Radio Act of 1927, and often quoted as saying:

American thought and American politics will be largely at the mercy of those who operate these stations. [If] a single selfish group is permitted to ... dominate these broadcasting stations throughout the country, then woe be to those who dare to differ with them." [67 Cong. Rec. 5558 (1926).]

Later years[edit]

Johnson was appointed by President Harry S. Truman to be a judge of the United States Tax Court, holding this office from July 1946 until his retirement in September 1956. He returned to Corsicana until his death there on June 6, 1965. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.

Personal life[edit]

Luther Alexander Johnson married Turner Read on July 19, 1899.[2] The couple had two children. Mr. Johnson became a ruling Elder in the Westminster Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.),[3] where the couple had lifelong membership.

Fraternal memberships[edit]


  1. ^ a b Fifield, James Clark (1918). The American bar, Volume 1. 
  2. ^ Watkins, Melanie: Luther Alexander Johnson from the Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 25 June 2010. Texas State Historical Association
  3. ^ "Westminster Presbyterian Church (USA)". Westminster Presbyterian Church in Corsicana. Retrieved 25 June 2010. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Rufus Hardy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Texas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Olin E. Teague