Frederick Johnson (politician)

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Frederick William Johnson
16th Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan
In office
July 6, 1983 – September 7, 1988
Monarch Elizabeth II
Governor General Edward Schreyer
Jeanne Sauvé
Premier Grant Devine
Preceded by Irwin McIntosh
Succeeded by Sylvia Fedoruk
Personal details
Born (1917-02-13)February 13, 1917
Dudley, Staffordshire, England
Died June 20, 1993(1993-06-20) (aged 76)
Pasqua Lake, Saskatchewan
Nationality Canadian
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Joyce Laing
Children William, Royce and Sheila
Alma mater University of Saskatchewan
Occupation lawyer, judge
Profession politician

Frederick William Johnson, OC SOM QC (February 13, 1917 – June 20, 1993) was a Canadian lawyer, judge, and the 16th Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan.


Born in Dudley, Staffordshire, England, the son of a clergyman, he emigrated to Canada with his family settling in Lipton, Saskatchewan when he was eleven.[1] He taught school in Grenfell before serving as an artillery officer during World War II, achieving the rank of major. After the war, he attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a law degree in 1949. He practised law in Regina and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1963.

He ran as a Liberal candidate in the 1960 provincial election, losing to Allan Blakeney. In 1962, he ran as a federal Liberal for the electoral district of Regina City, losing to Progressive Conservative Kenneth Hamill More.[1]

He was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench in 1965 and from 1977 to 1983 served as Chief Justice of that court. From 1983 to 1988 he was the sixteenth Lieutenant-Governor of Saskatchewan and was the first chancellor of the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.[2]

His wife Joyce Johnson was an eminent piano teacher. In 1990, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada "for his dedication to the arts, education and the environment and for his contribution to Saskatchewan's history and heritage".[3] In 1991 was awarded the Saskatchewan Order of Merit.

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  1. ^ a b Richard Cleroux. "Judge accepts vice-regal post". The Globe and Mail. p. P9. 
  2. ^ "Frederick William Johnson". The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. 
  3. ^ Order of Canada citation