Andrew Johnson (architect)

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Andrew Johnson (February 18, 1844 – July 29, 1921) was a Swedish–American architect and contractor [1] He designed 61 documented or attributed buildings in Panola County, Mississippi and at least 16 more in North Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas.[2]:8 Several of his works are listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Anders Jönsson was born in the parish of Ovansjö in the county of Gávleborg, Sweden. He was trained at Uppsala University where he received an award from King Charles XV of Sweden for his contest winning design [2]:4 He used the prize money to emigrate to America in 1865, where his building career lasted from 1870 to 1910. [4] [5]

After arriving in the United States, his name was changed to Andrew Johnson. He first settled in a Swedish-American community in Evanston, Illinois. About 1870, he moved to Sardis, Mississippi where he became associated with James B. Cook, an English-trained architect who had moved from London to Memphis, Tennessee in 1855. Johnson served as contractor building the Second Empire style Panola County Courthouse that Cook designed and was built in 1873 and as contractor on at least two other buildings. Johnson and Cook collaborated on at least two other buildings.[2] [6]



  1. ^ a b Short's Hill nomination form National Register of Historic Places
  2. ^ a b c Judith Holland and P. Ana Gordon (January 13, 1983). "The Architecture of Andrew Johnson in North Mississippi" (PDF). 
  3. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "Ovansjö i Gävleborgs län". Arkiv Digital AD AB. Retrieved December 10, 2015. 
  5. ^ Howell, Elmo (1992). Mississippi Scenes: Notes on Literature and History. Roscoe Langford. ISBN 978-0-9622026-2-9. 
  6. ^ "Andrew Johnson Bio". Andrew Johnson, Architect. Retrieved December 10, 2015.