Grove L. Johnson

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Grove L. Johnson, Congressman from California

Grove Lawrence Johnson (March 27, 1841 – February 1, 1926) was a U.S. Representative from California, father of Hiram Warren Johnson.

Born in Syracuse, New York, on March 27, 1841, Grove Lawrence Johnson was of English descent. His family was here pre-revolutionary War. He attended the common schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar April 2, 1862. He was school commissioner of Syracuse in 1862 and 1863. He moved to California in October 1863, and came to California by way of the Isthmus of Panama. During the Civil War, he served as quartermaster clerk in the States of California, Arizona, and Washington. He moved to Sacramento in May 1865. He was swamp-land clerk of Sacramento County 1866-1879. He commenced the practice of law in Sacramento in 1873. He served as a member of the California Assembly 1878 and 1879. He served in the State senate 1880-1882. He served as a delegate to the Republican State conventions in 1884, 1888, 1892, and 1908. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1896.

Mabel Ann Williamson Johnson

He married a narive of Onondaga county, New York, in 1846. Her mother was a member of the old Dutch family of Van Cortlands, who were among the early settlers of New York City. They had one daughter, Mabel Ann Williamson Johnson, who was born in Sacramento, California. Miss Johnson was a graduate of a seminary in Oakland, California.[1]

Johnson was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1895 – March 3, 1897). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Sacramento, California. He was again a member of the State assembly 1901-1903 and 1907-1909. He was appointed receiver of public moneys of the United States land office at Sacramento July 19, 1921, and served until the discontinuance of the office on June 30, 1925. He died in Sacramento, California, February 1, 1926. He was interred in the Sacramento Historic City Cemetery.[2]


  1. ^ Hinman, Ida (1895). The Washington Sketch Book. 
  2. ^ "Sacramento Historic City Cemetery Burial Index" (PDF). Old City Cemetery Committee. 2005. Retrieved April 6, 2011. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Anthony Caminetti
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Marion De Vries

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website