Thomas Francis Johnson

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Thomas Francis Johnson
Thomas F. Johnson (Maryland Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1959 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byEdward Tylor Miller
Succeeded byRogers Morton
Member of the Maryland Senate
In office
Personal details
Born(1909-06-26)June 26, 1909
Worcester County, Maryland
DiedFebruary 1, 1988(1988-02-01) (aged 78)
Seaford, Delaware
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materSt. John's College
University of Virginia
University of Maryland, College Park

Thomas Francis Johnson (June 26, 1909 – February 1, 1988) was a U.S. Congressman who represented Maryland's 1st congressional district from January 3, 1959 to January 3, 1963. He lost his third re-election after criminal charges were brought against him.

Born in Worcester County, Maryland. He later graduated from Staunton Military Academy of Virginia in 1926, St. John's College, the University of Virginia, and the University of Maryland, College Park. He was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Snow Hill, Maryland. In 1932, he was elected chairman of the board of Commercial National Bank of Snow Hill. Johnson specialized in international law with practice in the Far East, Middle East, and continental Europe.[1]

In 1934, at the age of 24, Johnson was appointed as state's attorney for Maryland, and, at age 28, he was elected to the Maryland State Senate, where he served from 1939 to 1951.[1] He was the youngest man in state history to serve in those positions up to that point.[2] In 1958, he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. House of Representatives, and served (in the Eighty-sixth and Eighty-seventh Congresses) from 3 January 1959 until 3 January 1963.[1] Johnson voted in favor of Civil Rights Act of 1960.[3]


In 1962, while he was running for re-election, charges were brought against him regarding the receipt of illegal gratuities in Congress. He was convicted of conspiracy and conflict of interest in 1968, served three and a half months of a six-month sentence in jail, and paid a $5,000 fine.[4]

He lost his 1962 re-election bid.[2][5]

After Congress, Johnson resumed the practice of law and lived in Berlin, Maryland until his death in an auto accident in Seaford, Delaware in 1988.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "JOHNSON, Thomas Francis, (1909 - 1988)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 2008-07-17.
  2. ^ a b "Thomas Johnson, 78; Lost Post in Congress" (obituary). The New York Times. Associated Press. 1988-02-03.
  3. ^ "HR 8601. PASSAGE".
  4. ^ "UNITED STATES, Petitioner, v. Thomas F. JOHNSON | 383 U.S. 169 (86 S.Ct. 749, 15 L.Ed.2d 681)". Supreme Court of the United States. February 24, 1966.
  5. ^ Long, Kim (2008-12-18). The Almanac of Political Corruption, Scandals, and Dirty Politics. ISBN 9780307481344.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edward Tylor Miller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maryland's 1st congressional district

1959 – 1963
Succeeded by
Rogers Morton