Arthur T. Johnson, vice president and director of The First National Bank of Gouverneur, is a lawyer by profession,
and one of the able men of the community. He was born at Colchester, Vt., March 12, 1859, the son of Thomas Porter
and Harriet L. (Newton) Johnson.
Both Thomas Porter Johnson and his wife died in 1900. They were natives of Colchester, Vt., and early settlers
of Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County. He was the owner of a well improved farm and specialized in dairying. During
the Civil War he served as a member of Battery D., First New York Light Artillery. Mr. Johnson was a Republican,
a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic. He and his wife are
buried at Russell, St. Lawrence County. Their children were: 1. Milo A., lives at Middlebury, Vt. 2. Arthur T.,
the subject of this sketch. 3. Theodore, deceased. 4. Fanny, deceased. 5. Adelaide, a teacher, lives at Tacoma,
Wash. 6. Alice, deceased. 7. Roy, lives at Troy, N. Y.
Arthur T. Johnson attended the Pitcairn public schools and later attended and taught at Russell High School. Two
years later he completed a course at Eastman Business College, after which he taught in the schools of Russell.
Mr. Johnson took up the study of law in 1882 in the office of Conger & Gleason, being admitted to the New York
bar in four years. He then formed a partnership with George Gleason and the firm of Gleason & Johnson continued
successfully until the death of Mr. Gleason in 1900. Since that date Mr. Johnson has engaged in private practice.
He has held the office of village clerk for two years, justice of the peace for six years, police justice for two
years, school director and president of the board for six years, and as special county judge of St. Lawrence County
for 12 years. For many years he has been director and vice president of the First National Bank of Gouverneur.
In 1888 Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Miss Caroline M. Gleason, the daughter of George M. and Sally Gleason,
of Pitcairn, St. Lawrence County. Both are deceased. Mr. Gleason, former law partner of Mr. Johnson, was also president
of the First National Bank of Gouverner for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson's only child, Robert A., is deceased.
Politically, Mr. Johnson is a Republican. He holds membership in the. Unitarian Church, and is president of the
Stephen Van Duzee Hospital. He also holds membership in the St. Lawrence County Bar Association and American Bar
The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932