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John A. Johnson (politician)

John A. Johnson (July 9, 1883 in Litchfield, Minnesota – February 3, 1962) was a Minnesota politician and a Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives. He served three decades in the Minnesota legislature, twenty of those years in the Minnesota House.

John A. Johnson
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35th Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
In office
January 1925 – January 1931
Preceded byWilliam I. Nolan
Succeeded byOscar A. Swenson
Minnesota State Representative from the 1st District
In office
January 1921 – January 1931
Minnesota State Representative from the 1st District
In office
January 1939 – January 1949
Minnesota State Senator from the 1st District
In office
January 1949 – January 1959
Personal details
Born(1883-07-09)July 9, 1883
Litchfield, Minnesota
DiedFebruary 3, 1962(1962-02-03) (aged 78)
Political partyNonpartisan Conservative Caucus
ResidencePreston, Minnesota
Alma materStevens County Common Schools
ProfessionHardware Store Owner

Johnson was a hardware store owner in Preston, Minnesota when he was first elected to the Minnesota House of Representatives in 1920. He caucused with the Conservative caucus in the then-nonpartisan legislature. In 1925, he was elected Speaker of the House, a position he held until he left the legislature in 1931.

Johnson served as postmaster of the house during his time out of office, and returned to the legislature as a representative in 1939, serving ten years, most of that as chair of the Municipal Affairs committee. In 1949, he moved to the Minnesota Senate after winning a special election. He retired from the legislature in 1959.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
William I. Nolan
Speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives
1925–1931
Succeeded by
Oscar A. Swenson