Biography of Herbert Bates Johnson
Chicago, Cook County, Il Biographies

JOHNSON, HERBERT BATES. - Born at Kendall, Orleans county, N. Y., Sept. 5, 1844. Son of Caleb C. and Julia (Bates) Johnson. Parents of English descent. Grandparents on both sides were pioneers of western New York, and descended from Revolutionary stock. The father, Dr Caleb C. Johnson, was a prominent physician and surgeon. The subject of this sketch was educated in the Genesee Western Seminary, in N. Y., Hillsdale College, Mich., and Union College, N. Y., receiving from the latter institution the degree of A. B., in 1867. He was a teacher of Latin in 1866 in Adrian College, Mich., and was superintendent of the public schools of Lowell, Mich., in 1868 and 1869. Mr. Johnson was graduated from the Albany, N. Y., Law University in 1870, was admitted to practice in the supreme court of that state the same year, and coming to Chicago Dec. 25, 1870, was admitted to practice in the supreme court of Illinois and the U. S. courts. In 1874 he received the honorary degree of A M., at Hillsdale College, Mich. In the practice of his profession it is as a counsellor that he has earned his highest reputation. He is, however, an advocate of great force and candor, and has, since 1872, ranked as one of the most prominent commercial lawyers of Chicago. He has been connected with many important suits in Illinois and the western states; is now senior member of the law firm of Johnson, Herring & Brooke. This firm has extensive business relations with Europe, where Mr. Johnson makes frequent visits accompanied by his family. He is a member of Prof. Swing's church, and holds extremely liberal religious views. Is an independent republican and has never sought office of any kind. Is a member of the Greek letter society, Psi Upsilon; was for six years secretary of the Union College Alumni Association of the Northwest, and is president of the Hillsdale College Alumni Association of the Northwest. He is a member of the Sunset Club, and in 1892 was president of the East Side Improvement Association, and is still a member of that body. He was an active worker in influencing the elevation of the Illinois Central railroad tracks, and in the general protection of the East side, the district east of the Illinois Central railroad and north of Jackson Park. Mr. Johnson was married in 1872 to Miss Eleanor Barnum, daughter of Rev. George and Ophelia Barnum. of Danville, Connecticut, ancestry.


FROM:
The Handbook of Chicago Biography
Edited by John J Flinn.
The Standard Guide Company
Chicago 1893

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