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George William Johnson (congressman)

George William Johnson (November 10, 1869 – February 24, 1944) was a lawyer and Democratic politician who served as United States Representative from West Virginia.

George William Johnson
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1923 – March 3, 1925
March 4, 1933 – January 3, 1943
Preceded byHarry C. Woodyard
Robert Lynn Hogg
Succeeded byHarry C. Woodyard
Hubert S. Ellis
Personal details
Born(1869-11-10)November 10, 1869
Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
DiedFebruary 24, 1944(1944-02-24) (aged 74)
Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA
Resting placeEdgehill Cemetery, Charles Town, West Virginia, USA
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materWest Virginia University

Early lifeEdit

He was born near Charles Town, West Virginia in Jefferson County on November 10, 1869. He attended the common schools and Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.



Johnson graduated from West Virginia University at Morgantown in 1894 and from the law department of the same university in 1896. He was admitted to the bar and practiced law in Martinsburg. He served as city attorney of Martinsburg and then moved to Parkersburg in 1900, continuing to practice law.

Johnson served as a member of the board of regents of the State Normal School from 1897 to 1900. He served as Referee in Bankruptcy for the United States District Court of West Virginia and general counsel to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. During this time he also grew fruit and raised stock.


Johnson was elected in 1922 to the 68th Congress, only serving two years as his bid for re-election in 1924 was unsuccessful. He was elected in 1932 to the 73rd Congress, and this time won re-election to the four succeeding Congresses. His re-election bid in 1942 was not successful.


He died in Martinsburg on February 24, 1944 and was buried in Edgehill Cemetery in Charles Town.


  • United States Congress. "George William Johnson (id: J000132)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Harry C. Woodyard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Harry C. Woodyard
Preceded by
Robert Lynn Hogg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Hubert S. Ellis