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Edgar Augustus Jerome Johnson


Edgar Augustus Jerome Johnson, American economist. Member Economics History Association (president 1960-1962).


Johnson, Edgar Augustus Jerome was born on January 31, 1900 in Orion, Illinois, United States. Son of Klaes August and Hannah Charlotte (Carlson) Johnson.


Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois, 1922, A.M., Harvard, 1924, Doctor of Philosophy., 1929. Doctor of Laws, Johns Hopkins, 1972.


1 son, Edgar Augustus Jerome. Instructor economics University of Oklahoma, 1922-1923. Assistant professor and associate professor various schools, 1924-1931.

Assistant professor economics Cornell, 1931-1937, associate professor economic history New York University, 1937-1941, professor economic history, 1941-1943. Visiting professor of economics University of California, summer 1951, U. Maryland., University of Pennsylvania, 1955-1956. Professor international economics Johns Hopkins School Advertising International Studies, 1956-1962, professor of economic history, 1962-1969.

Senior specialist East-West Center, Honolulu, 1968-1969. Director of Department of Commerce of the S. Korean Interim Government, 1946, civil administrator of the S. Korean Interim Government, 1946-1947, chief adviser to the Government of Korea, 1947-1948, director div. Korea program, E.C.A., Washington, 1948-1951.

Economics adviser E.C.A. mission to Greece, 1951-1952 deputy chief M.S.A. Mission to Yugoslavia 1952-1955. Consultant General Motors, 1940-1941, Government India, New Delhi, 1964-1965, Agency for International Development, India, 1966-1967. Reserve officer (Cavalry), 1922-1937.

Entered active duty, United States Army, 1943. Served with C.O.S.S.A.C., London, with S.H.A.E.F., London, Allied Land Forces Norway, Oslo, and United States.F.E.T., Frankfort. Discharge rank lieutenant colonel, 1946.


  • Author: American Economic Thought in the Seventeenth Century, 1932. Some Origins of the Modern Economic World, 1935. Predecessors of Adam Smith, 1937.

    An Economic History of Modern England, 1939. (with Herman Krooss) The American Economy, Its Origin, Development and Transformation, 1960. Market Towns and Spatial Development in India, 1964.

    The Organization of Space in Developing Countries. American Imperialism in the Image of Peer Gynt. Dimensions of Freedom (public posthumously).

    Translator: Pioneers of American Economic Thought. (Ernst Teilhac), 1935. Editor: The Dimensions of Diplomacy.

    Also 34 vols. of Prentice-Hall Economics Series. Journal Economics History, 1940-1943. Interested in Buddhist iconography.


Member Economics History Association (president 1960-1962). Clubs: Harvard (New York City).


Married Virginia Gravelle, August 8, 1922.

Klaes August Johnson

Hannah Charlotte (Carlson) Johnson

Virginia Gravelle