John William Fordham Johnson

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John William Fordham Johnson
John William Fordham Johnson during his time as Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
14th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia
In office
July 18, 1931 – May 1, 1936
Monarch George V
Edward VIII
Governor General The Earl of Bessborough
The Lord Tweedsmuir
Premier Simon Fraser Tolmie
Duff Pattullo
Preceded by Robert Randolph Bruce
Succeeded by Eric Hamber
Personal details
Born (1866-11-28)November 28, 1866
Spalding, Lincolnshire, England
Died November 28, 1938(1938-11-28) (aged 72)
Vancouver, British Columbia
Nationality Canadian
Occupation businessman
Profession Politician

John William Fordham Johnson (28 November 1866 – 28 November 1938) was a Canadian businessman and the 14th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.

Johnson was born in Spalding, Lincolnshire, England. He left the United Kingdom in 1888 and settled in Portland, Oregon where he worked for a bank. Ten years later, Johnson transferred to the Vancouver office of the bank. In 1900, Johnson quit and went to work for the B.C. Sugar Co., ultimately becoming president of that company in 1920.

Johnson was appointed as the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia in 1931. He was sworn into office on August 1 of that year and served in the role until 1936. Johnson retired from the office in ill health and died in Vancouver, two years later.


  • McGregor, D.A. (1967). They Gave Royal Assent - The Lieutenant-Governors of British Columbia. Mitchell Press Limited. 

External links[edit]

  • Biography on Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia website.