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Joseph Johnson
Birth: Dec. 19, 1785
Orange County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 27, 1877
Bridgeport
Harrison County
West Virginia, USA

Colonial Politician and US Congressman. Johnson was a United States Representative and was Governor of Virginia from 1852 to 1855. Born in New York, he moved with his mother to Belvidere, New Jersey in 1791 and thence to Bridgeport, Virginia (now part of West Virginia) in 1801. There he engaged in agricultural pursuits, served in the War of 1812 as captain of a company of Virginia riflemen, and was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1815, 1816, and 1818-1822. Johnson was elected to the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Congresses (March 4, 1823-March 3, 1827); while a Representative, he served as the Chairman of the Committee on Expenditures on Public Buildings for the Nineteenth Congress. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1826 to the Twentieth Congress and was elected to the Twenty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Philip Doddridge, serving from January 21 to March 3, 1833; he was not a candidate for renomination in 1832. He was elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1841); he was chairman of the Committee on Accounts in the Twenty-fifth and Twenty-sixth Congresses. He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1840 and was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1844. He was elected to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847), serving as Chairman of the Committee on Revolutionary Claims (Twenty-ninth Congress), and declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1846. He was again a member of the Virginia House of Delegates in 1847 and 1848, after which he resumed agricultural pursuits. He was a delegate to the Virginia constitutional convention of 1850 and 1851 and was elected Governor of Virginia in 1851, serving a short term, and was reelected and entered upon the duties of the office January 1, 1852, and served four years. He died in Bridgeport, West Virginia in 1877; interment was in the old Brick Church Cemetery. The old Brick Church Cemetery is now a section of the Bridgeport Cemetery in Bridgepor, WV.  (bio by: Rick Sharpe) 
 
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Ex Governor of VA. Award for service War of 1812
 
Note: GPS N 39 17'26 W 080 14'30 Elev. 1068 ft.
 
Burial:
Bridgeport Cemetery
Bridgeport
Harrison County
West Virginia, USA
 
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Originally Created by: Rick Sharpe
Record added: Aug 26, 2007
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MERRY CHRISTMAS. REST IN PEACE
- Jan
 Added: Dec. 9, 2014
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE TO AMERICA. REST IN PEACE
- Jan
 Added: Dec. 9, 2014

- bob tarte
 Added: Jan. 16, 2014
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