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Grove L. Johnson


Date Party Office Votes Result
09-04-1877 Republican AD-18 0 Win
09-03-1879 Republican SD-18 0 Win
11-02-1880 Republican SD-18 0 Win
11-06-1894 Republican CD-02 19302 Win
11-03-1896 Republican CD-02 18613 Loss
11-08-1898 Republican AD-20 1927 Win
11-06-1900 Republican AD-20 1644 Win
11-04-1902 Republican AD-17 1470 Win
11-06-1906 Republican AD-17 1392 Win
11-03-1908 Republican AD-17 1960 Win
11-08-1910 Prohibition AD-17 509 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Grove Lawrence Johnson
Born: March 27, 1841 in Syracuse, New York
Married: Annie DeMontfredy (in 861)
Children: Five (including Hiram Johnson)
Military Service: ARMY (Civil War)
Died: February 1, 1926 in Sacramento, CA

1866-1873: Swamp Land Clerk, Sacramento County Board of Supervisors
1896: Delegate, Republican National Convention
1899-1903?: Director, State Board of Agriculture
1910: [Republican] Primary Candidate for AD-17 (Lost)
1921-1925: Receiver of Public Moneys, United States Land Office (Sacramento)

  • An incumbent who lost their party primary (in 1910)
  • In 1905, four State Senators were brought before a court of the legislature on corruption charges (although the charges were criminal, the trial was to determine whether the Senators should be expelled from the legislature). Although there was overwhelming evidence, Johnson acted as their defense attorney because he felt it was important that they be represented by a member of the Legislature to put them on even footing with the prosecution (which was led by a State Senator). The four were expelled.
  • 1910 Election: Although Johnson lost the Republican primary to Bliss by 55 votes, he won the nomination of the Prohibition Party by receiving a single vote.
  • During a recess in a Sacramento libel trial in April 1910, a fight broke out after Johnson requested a delay in the trial due to an illness. Edward Insley, managing editor of the Sacramento Union, made a comment about Johnson's health, for which he refused to apologize, and Johnson responded by striking him in the face. The fight that followed included both parties to the trial, both attorneys (Mr. Johnson was then aged 72) and former Appellate justice E. C. McLaughlin.

Source: "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present" (U.S. Library of Congress) []
Source: California Blue Book (1903), (1907), (1909)
Source: "Sacramento City Cemetary 1849-2000" (accessed 4/14/2012)
Source: Pen Portraits Compiled by R.R. Parkinson, Submitted by Nancy Pratt Melton as part of the California Genealogy & History Archives
Source: "GROVE L. JOHNSON HITS EDITOR INSLEY IN FACE" Los Angeles Herald, Volume 37, Number 203, 22 April 1910