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Hiram Warren Johnson

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He was a leading American progressive and later isolationist politician from California; he served as the 23rd governor from 1911 to 1917, and as a United States Senator from 1917 to 1945.

Background

Johnson, Hiram Warren was born on September 2, 1866 in Sacramento, California, United States. Son of Grove Laurence and Annie (DcMontfredy) Johnson.

Education

Educated University of California, leaving in junior year.

Career

Began as shorthand reporter. Studied law in father’s office. Admitted to California bar, 1888, and practiced in Sacramento.

Removed to San Francisco, 1902. Member of staff of prosecuting attys. in boodling cases, involving leading city officials and almost all public utility corporations in San Francisco, 1906-1907. Was selected to take the place of Francis J. Heney, after latter was shot down in court while prosecuting Abe Ruef, for bribery, 1908, and secured conviction of Ruef.

Governor of California, 1911-1915, reëlected for term, 1915-1919 (resigned March 15, 1917). A founder of Progressive Party, 1912, and nominee for V.P. of the United States on Progressive ticket same year. United States senator from California, 5 terms, 1917-1947.

Candidate for president, 1924.

Membership

Member Native Sons of Golden West. Mason (K.T.).

Connections

Married Minnie L. McNeal, 1886.

father:
Grove Lawrence Johnson

mother:
Annie DeMontfredy

Wife:
Minnie McNeal