James G. Johnson

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James Granville Johnson
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circa 1916
Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice
In office
January 1, 1911 – August 3, 1922
Preceded by William B. Crew
Succeeded by George H. Clark
Personal details
Born (1855-12-03)December 3, 1855
Springfield, Ohio
Died October 24, 1936(1936-10-24) (aged 80)
Springfield, Ohio
Resting place Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Blanche Oberchain
Children three
Alma mater Wittenberg College
Cincinnati Law School
Religion Lutheran

James Granville Johnson was a Democratic lawyer from Springfield, Ohio, United States who was mayor of Springfield and a justice on the Ohio Supreme Court.

Life and career[edit]

Johnson was born December 3, 1855 in Springfield, Ohio to James Sr. and Catherine Eby Johnson. He was educated at public schools, and graduated from Wittenberg College in 1876.[1] He read law at a local office, and was the first court stenographer of Clark County. He graduated from Cincinnati Law School, and was admitted to the bar in 1880.[1]

From 1880 to 1897, Johnson practiced law in Springfield with a local judge. Johnson ran as a Democrat for Ohio House of Representatives in 1881, Clark County prosecuting attorney and District Court judge in 1886, losing each time in Republican leaning Clark County. He was mayor of Springfield 1893 to 1894.[1]

In 1910, Johnson ran for the Ohio Supreme Court. He won, and assumed his seat January 1, 1911. In 1916, he received a doctor of laws from Wittenberg University, and won re-election in November. In 1922, Johnson sought the Democratic nomination for Ohio Governor. He resigned from the court August 3, 1922, to campaign. He lost the primary election to A. Victor Donahey.[1]

After the election, Johnson returned to Springfield, and resumed his law practice. In 1930, he retired after suffering a breakdown.[1]

Johnson died after a long illness October 24, 1936 in Springfield. A Lutheran pastor conducted the funeral services before burial in Ferncliff Cemetery.[1]

Johnson married Blanche Oberchain, December 4, 1888. They raised three children.[1]