Charles Fletcher Johnson

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Charles Fletcher Johnson
Charles Fletcher Johnson (Congress Bio).jpg
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
Appointed by Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by William LeBaron Putnam
Succeeded by Scott Wilson
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 4, 1917
Preceded by Eugene Hale
Succeeded by Frederick Hale
Member of the Maine House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born February 14, 1859
Winslow, Maine
Died February 15, 1930 (aged 71)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Abbie W. Britton
Residence Waterville, Maine
Alma mater Bowdoin College
Occupation Educator, Attorney
Religion Unitarian

Charles Fletcher Johnson (February 14, 1859 – February 15, 1930) was a Democratic U.S. Senator from Maine from 1911 until 1917.


Born in Winslow, Maine, he attended the public schools and the Waterville Classical Institute. He graduated from Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Maine, in 1879. He was the principal of the high school of Machias, Maine from 1881 to 1886. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced his practice as an attorney in Waterville, Maine. He married Abbie W. Britton on 21 December 1881.

Johnson ran for Governor of Maine in 1892. He was elected Mayor of Waterville in 1893,[1] but left that office in 1894[2] and again ran for Governor. He was not successful. He was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1904, and also stood for the Maine House of Representatives in 1904. He was elected, and served in that body from 1905 until 1907.

Johnson was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1910 and served from March 4, 1911, until March 4, 1917. He was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election in 1916. During his Senate term he served as chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on National Banks, the U.S. Senate Committee on Fisheries, and the U.S. Senate Committee on Pensions.

Johnson was named as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in 1917. He served from 1917 until 1929, and assumed senior status on April 30, 1929. His service as a judge terminated at his death.

Johnson died in St. Petersburg, Florida on 15 February 1930. He was interred in the Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville.

Johnson was a member of the Unitarian Church. He was associated with the Psi Upsilon fraternity, and with the Freemasons.


  1. ^ History of Mayors City of Waterville, Maine
  2. ^ He was succeeded in the Mayor office by Christian Knauff.

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United States Senate
Preceded by
Eugene Hale
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maine
Served alongside: William Frye, Obadiah Gardner, Edwin Burleigh, Bert Fernald
Succeeded by
Frederick Hale
Legal offices
Preceded by
William LeBaron Putnam
Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Succeeded by
Scott Wilson