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Robert Ward JOHNSON
American attorney and politician, Confederate States Senator from Arkansas
Source : Tim DOWLING
Robert Ward Johnson was born in Scott County, Kentucky to a politically prominent family. His siblings included a sister Juliette.
His paternal uncles were Richard Mentor Johnson, a US Representative and Senator, and Vice President of the United States under Martin Van Buren; and his brothers James Johnson and John Telemachus, who were each elected as US Representatives from Kentucky.
In 1821 when Robert was seven, his parents moved the family to Arkansas Territory, where they settled in Little Rock. The boy was later sent back to Kentucky to study at Choctaw Academy and St. Joseph's College in Bardstown.
Johnson married Sarah Smith in 1836, with whom he had six children. Three survived to adulthood. Sarah died in 1862, during the American Civil War.
The next year, Johnson at the age of 49 married her younger sister, Laura Smith. They had no children.