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Miller and Grain Dealer Politicians in West Virginia

  Joseph Johnson (1785-1877) — of Bridgeport, Harrison County, Va. (now W.Va.); Staunton, Va. Born in Orange County, N.Y., December 19, 1785. Democrat. Farmer; grain milling business; served in the U.S. Army during the War of 1812; member of Virginia state house of delegates, 1815-16, 1818-22; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1823-27, 1833, 1835-41, 1845-47 (18th District 1823-27, 1833, 10th District 1835-37, 9th District 1837-39, 13th District 1839-41, 14th District 1845-47); delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1844; delegate to Virginia state constitutional convention, 1850; Governor of Virginia, 1852-55; candidate for Presidential Elector for Virginia. Baptist. Slaveowner. Died in Bridgeport, Harrison County, W.Va., February 27, 1877 (age 91 years, 70 days). Interment at Bridgeport Cemetery, Bridgeport, W.Va.
  Relatives: Married, May 14, 1804, to Sarah Smith; uncle of Waldo Porter Johnson.
  Cross-reference: John S. Mosby
  See also congressional biography — Govtrack.us page — National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — Find-A-Grave memorial
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