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J. Neely Johnson

Know Nothing

Picture of J. Neely Johnson
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-02-1852 Whig AD-11 0 Win
09-05-1855 Know Nothing Governor 50948 Win

Candidate Biography:

Born: August 2, 1825 in Johnson Township, Indiana
Married: Mary Zabriskie (m. 1851)
Children: William and Bessie
Military Service: ARMY
Died: August 31, 1872 in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory [now Utah]

1850: City Attorney, Sacramento
1850: Special Census Agent (appointed by President Millard Fillmore)
1852: Presiding Officer, California Whig State Convention
1857: [American] Primary Candidate for Governor
1863: Delegate, Nevada State Constitutional Convention
1864: President, Nevada State Constitutional Convention
1867-1871: Justice, Nevada Supreme Court

  • Younget Governor: Although there have been a number of articles claiming that Jerry Brown was California's youngest Governor (at age 36), Johnson was in fact the youngest (at 30).
  • PLACENAME: J. Neely Johnson Park is located in Sacramento at 516 11th Street.

Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)