George William Johnson (congressman)

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George William Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1923  March 3, 1925
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1943
Preceded by Harry C. Woodyard
Robert Lynn Hogg
Succeeded by Harry C. Woodyard
Hubert S. Ellis
Personal details
Born (1869-11-10)November 10, 1869
Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
Died February 24, 1944(1944-02-24) (aged 74)
Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA
Resting place Edgehill Cemetery, Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
Nationality American
Political party Democratic
Alma mater West Virginia University
Profession Law
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George William Johnson (November 10, 1869 – February 24, 1944) was a lawyer and Democratic politician who served as United States Representative from West Virginia.

Early life

He was born near Charles Town, West Virginia in Jefferson County on November 10, 1869. He attended the common schools and Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.



Johnson graduated from West Virginia University at Morgantown in 1894 and from the law department of the same university in 1896. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Martinsburg. He served as city attorney of Martinsburg and then moved to Parkersburg in 1900, continuing to practice law.

Johnson served as a member of the board of regents of the State Normal School from 1897 to 1900. He served as Referee in Bankruptcy for the United States District Court of West Virginia and general counsel to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. During this time he also grew fruit and raised stock.


Johnson was elected in 1922 to the 68th Congress, only serving two years as his bid for re-election in 1924 was unsuccessful. He was elected in 1932 to the 73rd Congress, and this time won re-election to the four succeeding Congresses. His re-election bid in 1942 was not successful.


He died in Martinsburg on February 24, 1944 and was buried in Edgehill Cemetery in Charles Town.


    United States House of Representatives
    Preceded by
    Harry C. Woodyard
    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
    from West Virginia's 4th congressional district

    Succeeded by
    Harry C. Woodyard
    Preceded by
    Robert Lynn Hogg
    Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
    from West Virginia's 4th congressional district

    Succeeded by
    Hubert S. Ellis

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