Walter Walford Johnson
Walter Walford Johnson was born in Pueblo, Colorado on 1904-04-16. He married Neva Morrow in 1922. The couple had two children, Winnifred and Walford. Johnson developed real estate and insurance businesses in Pueblo.
In 1940, Johnson was elected to the Colorado State Senate. In 1948, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. In April 1950, Colorado Governor William Lee Knous resigned to become a federal district judge in Denver. Johnson succeeded Knous as governor and completed the remaining nine months of Knous' term. Johnson ran unsuccessfully against Republican Dan Thornton for a full gubernatorial term in 1950.
- Abbott, Carl; Leonard, Stephen; and McComb, David. Colorado. Colorado Associated University Press, Boulder Colorado, 1982.
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- Newspaper Files of Walter W. Johnson. Denver Public Library Western History Collection.
- Ubbelohde, Carl, Benson, Maxine, and Smith, Duane. Colorado History. Boulder, CO., Pruett Publishing Co., 1972.
- Obituary, Rocky Mountain News, March 25, 1987, p. 147 and biographical article, June 25, 1955, p. 28.
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