Waldo P. Johnson
Waldo P. Johnson
|Confederate States Senator|
December 24, 1863 – May 10, 1865
|Preceded by||Robert Peyton|
|Succeeded by||Constituency abolished|
|United States Senator|
March 17, 1861 – January 10, 1862
|Preceded by||James Green|
|Succeeded by||Robert Wilson|
|Member of the Missouri House of Representatives|
|Born||September 16, 1817|
Bridgeport, Virginia (present-day West Virginia), U.S.
|Died||August 14, 1885 (aged 67)|
Osceola, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||Rector College|
Born in Bridgeport, Virginia (present-day West Virginia), Waldo Porter Johnson attended public and private schools, graduated from Rector College (Pruntytown, Virginia) in 1839. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Harrison County, Virginia in 1841. He moved to Osceola, Missouri in 1842 and continued the practice of law, and served in the Mexican–American War as a member of the First Missouri Regiment of Mounted Volunteers. In 1847 he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives and was elected circuit attorney in 1848 and judge of the seventh judicial circuit in 1851. He resigned in 1852 and resumed the practice of law.
Johnson was a member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending American Civil War; he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 17, 1861, to January 10, 1862, when he was expelled from the Senate for disloyalty to the government. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel of the 4th Missouri Infantry Regiment, and was appointed a member of the Confederate States Senator to fill a vacancy.
From August 1865 to April 1866, Johnson resided in Hamilton, Ontario. He returned to Osceola and resumed the practice of his profession. Johnson was president of the State constitutional convention in 1875 and in 1885 died in Osceola. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.
- United States Congress. "Waldo P. Johnson (id: J000179)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2008-02-13
| United States Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
Served alongside: Trusten Polk
|Confederate States Senate|
| Confederate States Senator (Class 2) from Missouri
Served alongside: John Clark, George Vest