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Thomas Johnson

Born: Jul 11, 1802

Death: Jan 2, 1865

Birthplace: Virginia

Nationality: United States

Thomas Johnson

Date of Birth : Jul 11, 1802
Date of Death : Jan 2, 1865
Birth Place : Virginia

Thomas Johnson was a Methodist missionary in Kansas who founded the Shawnee Methodist Mission. It was intended to serve and convert the Shawnee, several hundred of whom had been relocated to Kansas Indian Territory from east of the Mississippi River. Johnson was a known slave holder in Kansas and sided strongly with the pro-slavery group, at a time when it was unclear whether residents would vote to allow slavery in the territory. He was elected as a member of the Kansas territorial legislature, which temporarily designated Shawnee Mission as the state capital, 1855-1856. Johnson County, Kansas is named for him. Johnson was pro-Southern in sympathy but signed a Unionist pledge at the time of the Civil War.

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