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Secretary of Defense

Louis Arthur Johnson, American former secretary of defense. Recipient Commander Legion of Honor award (France), medal of Merit (United States), West Virginia Distinguished Service medal, 1961.


Johnson, Louis Arthur was born on January 10, 1891 in Roanoke, Virginia, United States. Son of Marcellus A. and Katherine Leftwich (Arthur) Johnson.


Bachelor of Laws, University Virginia, 1912. Doctor of Laws, Salem College, 1938. Doctor of Laws, Kenyon College, 1939.

Doctor of Laws, Creighton College, 1949. Doctor of Laws, Villanova College, 1949. Doctor of Laws, Marietta College, 1949.

Doctor of Laws, West Virginia University, 1949. Doctor of Laws, Pennsylvania Military College, 1950.


Lawyer, Clarksburg, West Virginia, 1912. Member Steptoe & Johnson, Clarksburg and Charleston. Director Union National Bank, Community Savings & Loan Company, Clarksburg.

Secretary United States Department Defense, Washington, 1949-1950. Civilian aide to Secretary War, State of West Virginia, 1933. Member federal advisory council United States Employment Service United States Department Labor.

Assistant secretary war, 1937-1940. Personal representative President in India, 1942. Member West Virginia House of Representatives, 1917, chairman judicial committee, majority floor leader.


  • American Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; West Virginia State Bar Association; Harrison County Bar Association; Association Bar City of New York; National Society Sons of the American Revolution; Reserve Officer Association United States; F.I.D.A.C. (vice president for United States 1933-34) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); Rotary; Masons; Elks; Ravens; Metropolitan Army and Navy Club; Burning Tree Club; Chevy Chase Club; 1925 F. St. Club (Washington) ON DUPLICATE KEY UPDATE `description` = VALUES(`description`); Clarksburg Country Club; University Club; Metropolitan Club; Midday Club; Drug and Chemical Club


National Commander American Legion, 1932-1933. Delegate Democratic National Convention, 1924. National chairman Democratic Advisory Committee, 1936-1940.

Chairman national finance committee, Democratic National Committee, 1948. Captain infantry, United States Army, overseas 1 year, World War I. Lieutenant colonel Infantry Reserve.

Member American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, West Virginia State Bar Association, Harrison County Bar Association, Association Bar City of New York, National Society Sons of the American Revolution, Reserve Officer Association United States, F.I.D.A.C. (vice president for United States 1933-1934), Rotary, Masons, Elks, Ravens, Metropolitan Army and Navy Club, Burning Tree Club, Chevy Chase Club, 1925 F. St. Club (Washington), Clarksburg Country Club, University Club, Metropolitan Club, Midday Club, Drug and Chemical Club, Recess Club (New York City, Bohemian Club (San Francisco), Delta Chi, Delta Sigma Rho, Tau Kappa Alpha.


Married Ruth F. Maxwell, February 7, 1920. Children: Lillian Maxwell, Ruth Katherine.

Marcellus A. Johnson

Katherine Leftwich (Arthur) Johnson

Ruth F. Maxwell

Lillian Maxwell Johnson

Ruth Katherine Johnson