Born: October 8, 1914 in Lawton, North Dakota
Married: Martha Ritz
Military Service: ARMY (WWII)
Died: November 25, 1990
- Assemblyman Harry J. Johnson was defeated in the 1948 Primary in one of the rarest (and strangest) quirks of California election law at that time. It was the age of cross-filing, which allowed candidates to compete in the primaries for multiple political parties within the same district (for example, winning both the Republican AND Democratic primaries). In 1948, Assemblyman Johnson, a Democrat, defeated Republican Raymond Arthur Padden in the Republican primary by 5,666 to 5,578. At the same time, Padden defeated Johnson for the Democratic primary by 8,169 to 6,931. Since neither won their own primary, both were ineligible to win the other's primary (and neither was allowed to appear on the ballot). Harlan Hagan was selected by the Democratic Central Committee to appear on the ballot, and he won the General Election that November.
Source: California Blue Book (1950)
Source: Social Security Death Index (website).