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Waldo P. Johnson

Born: Sep 6, 1817

Death: Aug 14, 1885

Birthplace: Bridgeport

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Waldo P. Johnson

Date of Birth : Sep 6, 1817
Date of Death : Aug 14, 1885
Birth Place : Bridgeport

Waldo Porter Johnson was a United States Senator from Missouri, and later a member of the Confederate Congress during the American Civil War. Born in Bridgeport, Virginia, he attended public and private schools, graduated from Rector College in 1839. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Harrison County, Virginia in 1841. He moved to Osceola, Missouri in 1842 and continued the practice of law, and served in the Mexican-American War as a member of the First Missouri Regiment of Mounted Volunteers. In 1847 he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives and was elected circuit attorney in 1848 and judge of the seventh judicial circuit in 1851. He resigned in 1852 and resumed the practice of law. Johnson was a member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; he was elected as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate and served from March 17, 1861, to January 10, 1862, when he was expelled from the Senate for disloyalty to the government.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Judge

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