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Jed Joseph Johnson (July 31, 1888 – May 8, 1963) was a United States Representative from Oklahoma and a Judge of the United States Customs Court.

Jed Johnson
Jed Johnson, Sr. (Oklahoma Congressman).jpg
Johnson as an Oklahoma State Senator, 1921
Judge of the United States Customs Court
In office
June 25, 1947 – May 8, 1963
Appointed byHarry S. Truman
Preceded byWilliam John Keefe
Succeeded byJames Lopez Watson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1927 – January 3, 1947
Preceded byElmer Thomas
Succeeded byToby Morris
Personal details
Jed Joseph Johnson

(1888-07-31)July 31, 1888
Waxahachie, Texas
DiedMay 8, 1963(1963-05-08) (aged 74)
New York City, New York
Resting placeRose Hill Cemetery
Chickasha, Oklahoma
35°1′54″N 97°56′45″W / 35.03167°N 97.94583°W / 35.03167; -97.94583 (Jed Johnson Burial Site)
Political partyDemocratic
EducationUniversity of Oklahoma College of Law (LL.B.)

Education and careerEdit

Born on July 31, 1888, on a farm in Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas, Johnson attended the public schools in Texas and Oklahoma and then received a Bachelor of Laws in 1915 from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with postgraduate work at University of Clermont at Clermont-Ferrand, France. He was admitted to the bar in 1918 and entered private practice in Walters, Oklahoma. He served in the United States Army as a private from 1918 to 1919 in World War I in Company L of the 36th Division. He returned to private practice in Chickasha, Oklahoma from 1919 to 1927.[1][2] He was a newspaper editor in Cotton County, Oklahoma from 1920 to 1922.[3] He was a member of the Oklahoma Senate from 1920 to 1927. He served as a delegate to the annual peace conference of the Interparliamentary Union at Paris, France, in 1927 and 1937, and at Geneva, Switzerland, in 1929, and was Chairman of the Speakers' Bureau for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. He was a United States Representative from Oklahoma from 1927 to 1947.[1][2]

Congressional serviceEdit

Johnson was elected as a Democrat to the 70th United States Congress and to the nine succeeding Congresses, serving from March 4, 1927 to January 3, 1947. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1946.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Johnson was nominated to the United States Customs Court by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 29, 1945. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 3, 1945. However, he declined the appointment.[2]

Johnson was nominated by President Harry S. Truman on April 7, 1947, to a seat on the United States Customs Court vacated by Judge William John Keefe. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 23, 1947, and received his commission on June 25, 1947. Johnson was initially appointed as a Judge under Article I, but the court was raised to Article III status by operation of law on July 14, 1956, and Johnson thereafter served as an Article III Judge. His service terminated on May 8, 1963, due to his death.[2]

Death, honor and familyEdit

Johnson died in a New York City, New York hospital on May 8, 1963.[2] Johnson was buried at Rose Hill Cemetery in Chickasha.[1] Jed Johnson Lake in the Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge is named in honor of Johnson.[3] His son Jed Johnson Jr. served one term in Congress.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Jed Johnson". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  2. ^ a b c d e Jed Joseph Johnson at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. ^ a b Hanneman, Carolyn G. "Johnson, Jed Joseph (1888-1963)". Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture - Oklahoma Historical Society. Retrieved February 17, 2013.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Elmer Thomas
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Oklahoma's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Toby Morris
Preceded by
William John Keefe
Judge of the United States Customs Court
Succeeded by
James Lopez Watson