Ira Johnson

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Branch Johnson
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Biographical details
Born(1880-09-17)September 17, 1880
DiedNovember 30, 1950(1950-11-30) (aged 70)[1]
Richmond, Virginia
Playing career
Position(s)Tackle, Guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
4x All-Southern (1901–1904)

Ira Branch Johnson (September 17, 1880 – November 30, 1950) was an American college football player and coach. He was the seventh head football coach for the Virginia Military Institute Keydets located in Lexington, Virginia and he held that position for two seasons, from 1905 until 1906. His career coaching record at VMI was 6 wins, 9 losses, and 1 ties. This ranks him 20th at VMI in total wins and 20th at VMI in winning percentage.[2]

During World War I, Johnson served as Captain, Battery C, 111th Field Artillery, 29th Division, prior to his discharge on June 11, 1918.[3] He later worked as an assistant superintendent at the assembly plant in the Bartlett-Hayward industrial complex, an important Baltimore manufacturer.[4]

At the time of his death, he was a municipal judge in Richmond, Virginia. He was married at least twice, to Mary Louise Herbert in 1906 and later to Jeanne Boutin.[5]

Born in Woodville, North Carolina, he was the brother of Hammond Johnson.


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  2. ^ Virginia Military Institute Coaching Records Archived December 31, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Applications for Headstones, compiled 01/01/1925 - 06/30/1970, documenting the period ca. 1776 - 1970 ARC: 596118. Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774–1985, Record Group 92. National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  4. ^ World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration.
  5. ^ Virginia, Deaths, 1912–2014. Virginia Department of Health, Richmond, Virginia.