Joseph Johnson (FDNY Commissioner)

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Joseph H. Johnson, Jr.
Joseph Johnson.jpg
Joseph Johnson in 1913
8th New York City Fire Commissioner
In office
Preceded by Rhinelander Waldo
Succeeded by Robert Adamson
Personal details
Born (1871-06-16)June 16, 1871
Griffin, Georgia
Died March 7, 1942(1942-03-07) (aged 70)
Atlanta, Georgia
Parents Joseph H. Johnson, Sr.
Sarah E. Beeks

Joseph H. Johnson, Jr. (June 16, 1871 - March 7, 1942) was New York City Fire Commissioner from 1911 to 1913. He was chief of the New York City Transit Authority. By 1918 he was deputy New York City Comptroller. He served as chief of the New York Public Service Commission in 1921.[1]


He was born on June 16, 1871 in Griffin, Georgia to Joseph H. Johnson, Sr. (1840-1910) and Sarah E. Beeks (1844–1884). He first worked as a newspaper man.[1]

He was appointed the 8th New York City Fire Commissioner by Mayor William Jay Gaynor on June 1, 1911, and served in that position until the end of the term of Mayor Ardolph L. Kline in 1913.[1]

He was deputy New York City Comptroller and he took a leave of absence in 1918, when the United States entered World War I, to temporarily join the American Red Cross.[2]

He later was Chief of the Transit Bureau of the Public Service Commission.[1][3]

He was appointed as chief of the Commissioner of Public Works in 1921 replacing Clarence Fay.[3]

He died at his Atlanta, Georgia home on March 7, 1942.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Joseph Johnson Dies. Fire Commissioner 1911-13. Was Named by Gaynor. Dies in Home in Atlanta. Former Newspaper Man. Began 'Model Saloon' in 1904. Had Been Film Executive and Served Red Cross". New York Times. March 8, 1942. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  2. ^ "Red Cross Drafts Joseph Johnson" (PDF). New York Times. March 29, 1918. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Joseph Johnson Gets Tammany Plum. Appointed Commissioner of Public Works for Manhattan, to Succeed Clarence Fay. Began As Newspaper Man. Vice Chairman Kenneally of the Board of Aldermen to Be His Assistant". New York Times. December 31, 1921. Retrieved 2009-11-19. Joseph Johnson, who has held many administrative jobs in the city, including those of Fire Commissioner, Chief of the Transit Bureau of the Public Service Commission, Deputy Controller and ... 

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Fire appointments
Preceded by
Rhinelander Waldo
FDNY Commissioner
Succeeded by
Robert Adamson