Charles A. Johns

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Charles A. Johns
Charles A. Johns 1914.jpeg
Johns circa 1914
47th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
In office
1918–1921
Preceded by Wallace McCamant
Succeeded by John McCourt
23rd Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
In office
October 7, 1921 – January 11, 1932
Preceded by Percy Moir
Succeeded by John A. Hull
Personal details
Born June 25, 1857
Jackson County, Missouri
Died January 11, 1932(1932-01-11) (aged 74)
Philippine Islands
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mabel Ellis
Elizabeth Busch

Charles A. Johns (June 25, 1857 – January 11, 1932) was an American lawyer, jurist and politician who served as the 47th Associate Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court. Johns also served as mayor of Baker City in Eastern Oregon and as a justice on the Supreme Court of the Philippines while that archipelago was under U.S. jurisdiction.

Early life[edit]

Charles Johns was born to James McClellan Johns and Elizabeth Ann Darby Johns in Jackson County, Missouri.[1][2][3] In 1858, the family immigrated to the Oregon Territory and settled in the Willamette Valley.[1] Charles was then educated in the local schools of Marion and Linn counties.[1] For college he attended Willamette University in Salem, where he graduated in 1878 with his Bachelor of Arts.[1][3] He was admitted to the bar in 1881.[1] The following year Johns married Mabel Ellis with whom he fathered three children.[1] He would also have three children by his second wife Elizabeth Busch.[1]

Political career[edit]

After being accepted to practice law, Johns then became a judge in Polk County, Oregon, in the Willamette Valley from 1883 to 1885[2] and served as mayor of Baker City in Eastern Oregon from 1900 to 1908.[1][3] He was also a lieutenant colonel on the staff of Oregon Governor Theodore Thurston Geer.[1] In 1912, Charles Johns moved to Portland, Oregon, where he practiced law.[1]

On June 4, 1918, Johns was appointed to the Oregon Supreme Court to replace Wallace McCamant by Governor James Withycombe after McCamant resigned.[4][5] Johns then won election to a full six-year term that same year, but resigned on October 7, 1921,[4] following his appointment to the Supreme Court of the Philippines[1] by U.S. President Warren G. Harding.[3] In 1924, he served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention from Philippines.[2] Johns served on the Philippine court until dying in office on January 11, 1932, at the age of 74.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Corning, Howard M. Dictionary of Oregon History. Binfords & Mort Publishing, 1956.
  2. ^ a b c Index to Politicians: Johnathan to Johnsen. The Political Graveyard. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d Memorabilia Room, Associate Justices' List.[permanent dead link] Supreme Court E-Library. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  4. ^ a b Oregon Blue Book: Supreme Court Justices of Oregon. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
  5. ^ Oregon Blue Book: Oregon Governors. Oregon Secretary of State. Retrieved on February 1, 2008.
Preceded by
Percy Moir
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
1921–1932
Succeeded by
John A. Hull