Joseph French Johnson

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Joseph F. Johnson
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Joseph French Johnson
Born (1853-08-24)August 24, 1853
Hardwick, Massachusetts
Died January 22, 1925(1925-01-22) (aged 71)
Nationality American
Institution New York University
Alma mater Harvard University
Johannes Conrad

Joseph French Johnson (August 24, 1853 – January 22, 1925[1]) was an American economist, journalist, Professor, and Dean of the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance, New York University, and founding Dean of the Alexander Hamilton Institute in New York in 1909.[2]


Johnson was born in Hardwick, Massachusetts, in 1853, son of Gardner Nye and Eliza (French) Johnson, a paternal ancestor, John Johnson, having emigrated from England and settled in Massachusetts about 1635. He was prepared for College in Jennings Seminary at Aurora, Illinois, from which he entered Northwestern University at Evanston. Passing later to Harvard he graduated as a Bachelor of Arts in 1878, subsequently studying for a short time under Johannes Conrad at the University of Halle-Wittenberg in Germany.[3]

From 1878 to 1881 he was a teacher in the Harvard School in Chicago, but soon entered journalism, being on the editorial staff of the Springfield, Massachusetts, Republican for several years and afterwards serving as Financial Editor of the Chicago Tribune. After twelve years of a practical journalist's life he was called to the School of Finance and Economy in the University of Pennsylvania. In 1893–1894 he was Associate Professor of Business Practice and since 1894 he has been Professor of Journalism, that department of instruction having just been established in that year. Although it is a wholly new branch of University work, considerable success has already been attained by Professor Johnson in training College men for practical careers in newspaper offices.[3]

Sequentially he lectured at Columbia University, and in 1901 became a professor at New York University and in 1903 Dean of the School of Commerce, Accounts and Finance of the University.[1] In 1909 he was founding Dean of the Alexander Hamilton Institute in New York.[2] Johnson then became a member of the commission to revise the banking laws of the State of New York, and worked for the National Monetary Commission.

Johnson was editor at the Modern Business Series published by the Alexander Hamilton Institute, and of the Journal of Accountancy.

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Articles, a selection:


  1. ^ a b The Phi Beta Kappa Key: The Official Publication of the United Chapters of Phi Beta Kappa, Volume 6. Press of the Unionist-gazette Association, 1925. p. 109
  2. ^ a b Alexander Hamilton Institute. Forging ahead in business. New York City, 1921, p. 9-10.
  3. ^ a b Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Edward Potts Cheyney, Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer (1901) "JOHNSON, Joseph French, 1853-," in: University of Pennsylvania: its history, influence, equipment and characteristics; with biographical sketches and portraits of founders, benefactors, officers and alumni, Vol. 1. p. 427.

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