James Johnson (Kentucky)

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James Johnson
A man with thick, black hair wearing a white shirt and dark jacket
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1825 – August 13, 1826
Preceded byJohn Telemachus Johnson
Succeeded byRobert L. McHatton
Personal details
Born(1774-01-01)January 1, 1774
Orange County, Virginia
DiedAugust 13, 1826(1826-08-13) (aged 52)
Washington, D. C.
Political partyDemocratic
RelativesRichard Mentor Johnson (brother)
John Telemachus Johnson (brother)
Robert Ward Johnson (nephew)
Military service
RankLieutenant colonel
Battles/warsWar of 1812

James Johnson (January 1, 1774 – August 13, 1826) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, brother of Richard Mentor Johnson and John Telemachus Johnson and uncle of Robert Ward Johnson.

Born in Orange County, Virginia, Johnson moved with his father to Kentucky in 1779. He pursued preparatory studies. He was a member of the State senate in 1808. He served as lieutenant colonel in the War of 1812. Contractor for furnishing supplies to troops on the western frontier in 1819 and 1820. (See: Yellowstone expedition) He served as presidential elector on the ticket of Monroe and Tompkins in 1820.

Johnson was elected as a Jacksonian to the Nineteenth Congress and served from March 4, 1825, until his death in Washington, D.C., August 13, 1826. He was interred in the family cemetery, Great Crossings, Kentucky.

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "James Johnson (id: J000143)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John T. Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th congressional district

Succeeded by
Robert L. McHatton