Biography of George B. Johnson
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies





GEORGE BAIRD JOHNSON, one of the vice presidents of the Guardian Savings & Trust Company, established the bond department of that Cleveland institution and has managed it from the beginning.

Mr. Johnson was born at Erie, Pennsylvania, January 10, 1877, son of James C. and Susan Campbell (Baird) Johnson. His father was also a native of Erie, Pennsylvania, while his mother was born at Washington, in Washington County, that state. George B. Johnson was reared in the cities of Erie and Pittsburgh and completed his preparatory education at the Park Institute in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. He has made a successful business career without the aid of a college education.

For five years Mr. Johnson was in the fire insurance business at Erie, and for another period of five years represented the New York Life Insurance Company in the cities of Erie, Toledo, Saginaw and Cleveland.

Mr. Johnson entered the bond business about nineteen years ago. At first he was a salesman for the firm of W. J. Hayes & Son of Cleveland, and later represented the international banking house of William Salomon & Company, with headquarters in Cleveland. He opened the bond departinent of the Guardian Saving & Trust Company in 1915. His title then was manager of the bond department, and he has been at the head of this department ever since, in 1920 he received the additional title of vice president.

Mr. Johnson is a republican, and is a member of the Union Club, Canterbury Golf Club, Bankers Club and the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce. He and his family are members of St. Paul's Episcopal Church at East Cleveland.

He married at East Cleveland, February 10, 1906, Miss Edith Ketchum, daughter of James D. and Mary (Morgan) Ketchum. They have three children: Baird Johnson, Harriet Ely Johnson and Elizabeth Johnson.


From:
A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
Publishers:
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924


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