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Isaac Johnson

Born: Nov 1, 1803

Death: Mar 15, 1853

Birthplace: St. Francisville

Nationality: United States

Isaac Johnson

Date of Birth : Nov 1, 1803
Date of Death : Mar 15, 1853
Birth Place : St. Francisville

Isaac Johnson was a US politician and the 12th Governor of the state of Louisiana. Born on his father's plantation "Troy" near St. Francisville in West Feliciana Parish, Johnson was the fourth son of John Hunter Johnson and Thenia Munson. Johnson's grandfather, Isaac Johnson, arrived in the area in the 1770s, and his father had a leading role in the West Florida Rebellion. Later he served as a British officer in Natchez, Mississippi during the English occupation and was a lawyer, planter, parish sheriff and judge, finally settling at Fairview Plantation on Bayou Sara in Louisiana. Johnson was taught by private tutors early and read law under his father and his uncle Joseph E. Johnson, eventually establishing his own law practice. Johnson married Charlotte McDermott in 1828. He was involved in local Democratic politics and won a seat in the Louisiana House of Representatives, serving only one term. In 1839, Johnson was appointed a judge in the 3rd Judicial Court. Nominated by the Democratic Party to run for Governor in 1846, Johnson competed against Whig William De Buys. Johnson won by almost 2,500 votes and assumed the Office of Governor at the age of 43.

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