James G. Johnson
|James Granville Johnson|
|Ohio Supreme Court Associate Justice|
January 1, 1911 – August 3, 1922
|Preceded by||William B. Crew|
|Succeeded by||George H. Clark|
December 3, 1855|
|Died||October 24, 1936
|Resting place||Ferncliff Cemetery, Springfield|
|Alma mater||Wittenberg College
Cincinnati Law School
Life and career
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. 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.
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.
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.
After the election, Johnson returned to Springfield, and resumed his law practice. In 1930, he retired after suffering a breakdown.
Johnson married Blanche Oberchain, December 4, 1888. They raised three children.