Herschel Vespasian Johnson

Infobox Senator
name=Herschel Vespasian Johnson


jr/sr=United States Senator
state=Georgia
party=Democrat
term=February 4, 1848ndash March 3, 1849
preceded=Walter T. Colquitt
succeeded=William C. Dawson
date of birth=birth date|1812|9|18|mf=y
place of birth=Burke County, Georgia, U.S.
date of death=death date and age|1880|8|16|1812|9|18|mf=y
place of death=Louisville, Georgia, U.S.
spouse=
profession=Politician, Lawyer, Judge

Herschel Vespasian Johnson (September 18, 1812ndash August 16, 1880) was an American politician. He was the governor of Georgia from 1853 to 1857 and the vice-presidential nominee of the Douglas wing of the Democratic Party in the 1860 US presidential election.

Johnson was born near Farmer's Bridge in Burke County, Georgia. In 1834, he graduated from the University of Georgia and passed his bar examination. He moved to Jefferson County in 1839 and began to practice law in Louisville, Georgia. In 1844, he moved to the state capitol, Milledgville, and continued to practice law.

He unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 1843 and for Governor in 1847, and was finally appointed to fill Senate seat vacated by the resignation of Walter T. Colquitt. Johnson served in the Senate from February 4, 1848 to March 3, 1849, but was not a candidate for election to the seat. He returned to Georgia and served as a circuit court judge from 1849 to 1853. In 1853, he was elected Governor of Georgia, then re-elected in 1855. After he finished his term as governor in 1857, Johnson County, Georgia was named in his honor. In 1860, when the Democratic Party refused to add the support of extending slavery to the western territories, the party split. To try to recapture some southern votes, Johnson was chosen as the northern Democrats' nominee as the running mate of presidential candidate Stephen A. Douglas.

In 1861 he served as a delegate to the state secession convention, and opposed secession from the Union. When it became clear that Georgia would secede, however, he acquiesced out of loyalty to his state and served as a Senator of the Second Confederate Congress from 1862 to the end of the war in 1865. In the Confederate Senate, he opposed conscription and the suspension of habeas corpus. After the Civil War, Johnson was a leader in the Reconstruction and was named head of the Georgia constitutional convention. Upon Georgia's readmission to the Union in 1866, he was chosen as a U.S. Senator, but was disallowed from serving due to his involvement with the rebellion. He again became a circuit court judge in 1873 and served until his death in 1880 in Louisville, Georgia.

References and external link

* [http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=7178667 Herschel Vespasian Johnson at Find-A-Grave]

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years= January 19, 1863ndash May 10, 1865
alongside = Benjamin Harvey Hill


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