Biography of Benjamin B. Johnson
Howard County, IN Biographies





BENJAMIN B. JOHNSON, Treasurer of Howard County, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Stark County September 2, 1852. He is the fifth of nine children born to Jesse and Martha (Butler) Johnson, both natives of Virginia, and of English and Welsh descent. His parents removed to this county in September, 1866, and located in the city of Kokomo. Mr. Jesse Johnson was a farmer during his early life, but when he came to this county he entered into mercantile pursuits, which he followed for a few years. He then retired from business, and was an invalid for years before his death, in March, 1879. The subject of this sketch spent his early boyhood days on a farm, having access to the common schools, and finished his education in the Kokomo High School. At the age of sixteen years, he began clerking in the news stand, and in March, 1868, became Deputy Postmaster. He held this office until November, 1871, when he became bookkeeper in the First National Bank, where he remained until January, 1877. He then accepted a position as clerk in the Legislature, during a regular and special session. After this Mr. Johnson opened an abstract and loan office, in company with Mr. L. O. Moreland, continuing until November, 1878, at which time he entered the Treasurer's office as Deputy. He was elected County Treasurer on the Republican ticket in November, 1882. He is a live, energetic business man, and has taken an active part in the political circle. Mr. Johnson was married, July 4, 1875, to Miss Clara C. Albaugh, of Kokomo. She was born September 8, 1855, and is the daughter of Aaron and Susanna Albaugh, of Kokomo. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have had three children, two of whom are living - Edna and Fred.

From:
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Chicago 1883.


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