Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949

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Johnson, Robert Ward

Johnson, Robert Ward (nephew of James Johnson, John Telemachus Johnson and Richard Mentor Johnson), a Representative and a Senator from Arkansas; born in Scott County, Ky., July 22, 1814; attended the common schools in Scott County; moved with his father to Arkansas in 1821; attended the Indian Academy near Frankfort, Ky., and was graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Bardstown, Ky., in 1833, and from the Yale Law School in 1835; was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in Little Rock, Ark., 1835-1847; prosecuting attorney for the Little Rock circuit 1840-1842 and State attorney general ex officio; elected as a Democrat to the Thirtieth, Thirty-first, and Thirty-second Congresses (March 4, 1847-March 3, 1853); declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1852; appointed and subsequently elected to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Solon Borland; reelected in 1855 and served from July 6, 1853, to March 3, 1861; was not a candidate for reelection in 1870; delegate to the Provisional Government of the Confederate States in 1862; member of the Confederate Senate; engaged in the practice of law in Washington, D.C.; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate from Arkansas in 1877; died in Little Rock, Ark., July 26, 1879; interment in Mount Holly Cemetery.

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Chicago: U.S. Congress, "Johnson, Robert Ward," Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1380 Original Sources, accessed August 9, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4U3RYG3Q9IYB6PD.

MLA: U.S. Congress. "Johnson, Robert Ward." Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1380, Original Sources. 9 Aug. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4U3RYG3Q9IYB6PD.

Harvard: U.S. Congress, 'Johnson, Robert Ward' in Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949. cited in , U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.1380. Original Sources, retrieved 9 August 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4U3RYG3Q9IYB6PD.