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Robert Ward Johnson

Robert Ward Johnson, American senator. member United States House of Representatives from Arkansas, 30th-32d congresses, 1847-1853; member United States Senate from Arkansas, July 6, 1853-1861; member Confederate Senate until end of Civil War.

Background

  • Johnson, Robert Ward was born on July 22, 1814 in Scott County, Kentucky, United States. Son of Benjamin and Matilda (Williams) Johnson.

  • Education

    • Graduated from St. Joseph’s College, Bardstown, Kentucky, 1833, Yale Law School, 1835.

    Career

    • Admitted to Arkansas bar, 1835. Prosecuting attorney Little Rock (Arkansas), also ex offico attorney general Arkansas, 1840-1842. Member United States House of Representatives from Arkansas, 30th-32d congresses, 1847-1853.

      Member United States Senate from Arkansas, July 6, 1853-1861. Delegate to Provisional Government of Confederate States, 1862. Member Confederate Senate until end of Civil War.

    Membership

    Member United States House of Representatives from Arkansas, 30th-32d congresses, 1847-1853. Member United States Senate from Arkansas, July 6, 1853-1861. Member Confederate Senate until end of Civil War.

    Connections

    • Married Sarah Smith, 1835. Married second, Laura Smith, after 1862.
    • father: Benjamin Johnson
    • mother: Matilda (Williams) Johnson
    • spouses: Sarah Smith
    • Laura Smith
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    Born July 22, 1814
    Died July 26, 1879
    (aged 65)
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