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John Telemachus Johnson

John Telemachus Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1823 – March 3, 1825
Preceded by Anthony New
Succeeded by James Johnson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded by William Brown
Succeeded by Henry Clay
Personal details
Born (1788-10-05)October 5, 1788
Scott County, Kentucky
Died December 17, 1856(1856-12-17) (aged 68)
Lexington, Missouri
Resting place Lexington Cemetery
Political party Democratic-Republican
Relations Brother of Richard Mentor Johnson and James Johnson
Uncle of Robert Ward Johnson
Alma mater Transylvania University
Profession Lawyer, Minister
Religion Disciples of Christ
Military service
Battles/wars War of 1812

John Telemachus Johnson (October 5, 1788 - December 17, 1856) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky, brother of James Johnson and Richard M. Johnson and uncle of Robert Ward Johnson.

Born at Great Crossings, Kentucky, Johnson pursued preparatory studies. He attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1809 and commenced practice in Georgetown, Kentucky. He served in the War of 1812 as an aide to Gen. William H. Harrison. He served as member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and served five terms.

Johnson was elected as a Democratic-Republican to the Seventeenth Congress and reelected as a Jackson Democrat to the Eighteenth Congress (March 4, 1821-March 3, 1825). He served as chairman of the Committee on the Post Office and Post Roads (Eighteenth Congress). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1824. He was appointed judge of the Kentucky Court of Appeals April 20, 1826, and served until December 30, 1826. Minister of the Christian Church for a number of years. He became editor of the Christian Messenger in 1832, the Gospel Advocate in 1835, and the Christian in 1837. He was instrumental in establishing the old Bacon College at Georgetown, Kentucky, in 1836. He died in Lexington, Missouri, December 17, 1856. He was interred at Lexington Cemetery.

See also

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