Claude M. Johnson

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Claude M. Johnson

Claude M. Johnson (1852–1919) was a United States printer who was Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing from 1893 to 1900.


Claude M. Johnson was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1852.[1] He attended school in Lexington and New York City.[1]

After school, Johnson returned to Lexington and worked in the grocery and drug business.[1] He was elected to the Lexington city council and then went on to serve as mayor of Lexington from 1880 to 1888.[1]

Johnson had a long-standing relationship with fellow Kentuckian John G. Carlisle.[1] When Carlisle became United States Secretary of the Treasury in 1893, he appointed Johnson Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing.[1] He held this office until 1900.[1]

After leaving government service, Johnson worked as an Indian agent in Arizona.[1] He then moved to London and headed a printing company there.[1]

Johnson died in Lexington in 1919 at age 66.[1]


Government offices
Preceded by
William Morton Meredith
Director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
1893 – 1900
Succeeded by
William Morton Meredith