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Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson, American merchant banker. Mason (Shriner), Elk.


  • Johnson, Ben was born on August 31, 1881 in Mansfield, Louisiana, United States. Son of Walter and Sue (Roberts) Johnson.

  • Education

    • Graduate Louisiana State Normal College, Natchitoches, 1899.


    • Began as runner Bank of DeSoto, Mansfield, 1903, clerk, 1903-1905, cashier, 1905-1909, organizer 1909, vice president, 1909-1910. President, 1910-1932, Bank of Commerce & Trust Company, Mansfield. President Commercial National Bank, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1921-1932.

      Vice president Commodity Credit Corporation, Washington, District of Columbia, 1936-1938. Trustee Export-Import Bank, 1936-1938. Special assistant R.F.C., 1932-1938.

      President Pickering Lumber Corporation, Kansas City, Missoury, and Standard, California, 1938-1946, Chairman of the Board, 1946-1954. Retired, 1954. Chairman American Red Cross and Liberty Loan drives, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, World War I. Chairman Fund Raising Campaigns American Red Cross, Tuolumne County, World World War World War II.


    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Mason (Shriner), Elk. Clubs: Sonora Golf, Sonora Lions, Commonwealth San Francisco.


    • Married Irma Nabors, March 23, 1909. Children: Eleanor, Irma, Kathryn (deceased).
    • father: Walter Johnson
    • mother: Sue (Roberts) Johnson
    • spouse: Irma Nabors
    • children: Eleanor Johnson
    • Irma Johnson
    • Kathryn Johnson (deceased)
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    Died December 28, 1955
    (aged 74)