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William Richard Johnson

William Richard Johnson (May 15, 1875 – January 2, 1938) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

William Richard Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byJohn C. McKenzie
Succeeded byLeo E. Allen
Personal details
Born(1875-05-15)May 15, 1875
Rock Island, Illinois
DiedJanuary 2, 1938(1938-01-02) (aged 62)
Freeport, Illinois
Political partyRepublican

Born in Rock Island, Illinois, Johnson moved with his parents to Freeport, Illinois, in 1879. He attended the public schools and the College of Commerce at Freeport. He served from 1890 to 1894 as an apprentice and from 1894 to 1899 as a locomotive blacksmith in the Illinois Central Railroad shops at Freeport. He served as member of the United States Capitol Police 1901-1919. He was appointed superintendent of the folding room of the House of Representatives on June 18, 1919, and served until March 3, 1925, when he resigned.

Johnson was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-ninth and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1933). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1932. He returned to Freeport, Illinois, where he died of congestive heart failure on January 2, 1938. He was interred in Oakland Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "William Richard Johnson (id: J000181)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John C. McKenzie
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
Leo E. Allen