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Robert Ward JOHNSON

American Robert Ward JOHNSON

American attorney and politician, Confederate States Senator from Arkansas

Source :  Tim DOWLING

Born: on July 22, 1814 in Scott County, Kentucky, USA
Died: on July 26, 1879 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA


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.

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