Walter Walford Johnson

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Walter Walfred Johnson
32nd Governor of Colorado
In office
April 15, 1950 – January 9, 1951
Lieutenant Charles P. Murphy
Preceded by William L. Knous
Succeeded by Daniel I.J. Thornton
31st Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
In office
January 11, 1949 – April 15, 1950
Governor William L. Knous
Preceded by Homer L. Pearson
Succeeded by Charles P. Murphy
Personal details
Born (1904-04-16)April 16, 1904
Pueblo, Colorado
Died March 23, 1987(1987-03-23) (aged 82)
Tempe, Arizona
Political party Democratic

Walter Walfred Johnson (April 16, 1904 – March 23, 1987) was a United States businessman and Democratic politician who served as the 32nd Governor of the State of Colorado from 1950 to 1951.

Walter Walfred Johnson was born in Pueblo, Colorado on April 16, 1904. He married Neva Morrow in 1922. The couple had two children, Winnifred and Walfred. Johnson developed real estate and insurance businesses in Pueblo.

In 1940, Johnson was elected to the Colorado State Senate. In 1948, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Colorado. In April 1950, Colorado Governor William Lee Knous resigned to become a federal district judge in Denver. Johnson succeeded Knous as governor and completed the remaining nine months of Knous' term. Johnson ran unsuccessfully against Republican Dan Thornton for a full gubernatorial term in 1950.

In 1970, Johnson retired to Tempe, Arizona. He died there after a brief illness on March 23, 1987, at the age of eighty two and is buried at Pueblo.

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Further reading[edit]

  • Abbott, Carl; Leonard, Stephen; and McComb, David. Colorado. Colorado Associated University Press, Boulder Colorado, 1982.
  • Athearn, Robert G. The Coloradans. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque, 1976.
  • Newspaper Files of Walter W. Johnson. Denver Public Library Western History Collection.
  • Ubbelohde, Carl, Benson, Maxine, and Smith, Duane. Colorado History. Boulder, CO., Pruett Publishing Co., 1972.
  • Obituary, Rocky Mountain News, March 25, 1987, p. 147 and biographical article, June 25, 1955, p. 28.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Homer L. Pearson
Lieutenant Governor of Colorado
1949–1950
Succeeded by
Charles P. Murphy
Preceded by
William Lee Knous
Governor of Colorado
1950–1951
Succeeded by
Daniel I.J. Thornton