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Robert Ward Johnson

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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