Biography of Homer H. Johnson
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

HOMER H. JOHNSON has practiced law at Cleveland for thirty five years, and his associates have long since learned to respect his capabilities and resourcefulness as an attorney.

Mr. Johnson represents two old and prominent families of Northern Ohio. His paternal grandfather, William Johnson, was born in New Jersey, and from New York State came West to Ohio with his wife and seven children in 1835. He settled at Hartland in Huron County. This branch of the Johnson family is descended from early Protestant stock that lived on the borders of what were known as the low countries, part of time within the boundaries of Holland and also in France. Due to the persecution of the Huguenots, they were driven from France, and coming to America settled in New Jersey. Alfred S. Johnson, father of the Cleveland attorney, was born in New York State and was a child when brought to Huron County, Ohio. He married Philathea Townsend, who was born in Huron County. Her father, Hosea Townsend, was born in Berkshire County, Massachusetts. His ancestors came over from the family seat of the Townsends in England, known as Romney Marsh, and arrived in Massachusetts in the early Colonial period. Hosea Townsend came from Massachusetts to Ohio in 1815, settling in Huron County. His farm has been in the possession of his descendants for five generations and is now owned by and furnishes the summer home for H. H. Johnson's family.

Homer H. Johnson was born on the Johnson farm at Hartland in Huron County, June 26, 1862. He was educated in grammar and high schools in New London. Ohio, and is a Bachelor of Arts graduate of Oberlin College. He finished there with the class of 1885, and then entered Harvard Law School, where he was graduated Bachelor of Laws in 1888. Mr. Johnson was admitted to the Ohio bar in October, 1888, and continuously since then has been in practice at Cleveland. He has satisfied his ambition by the work he has been able to do and the service he has been able to render as an attorney, and has sought few outside interests or diversions. He is a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and belongs to the Union, the University, the Country, the Mayfield, the Kirtland and the Rowfant clubs of Cleveland.

On October 2, 1901, Mr. Johnson married Miss Louise Pope, of Cleveland. They have three children. Jeannette is a member of the class of 1924 at Wellesley College. Philip Cortelyou is a member of the class of 1927 at Harvard University. The youngest child is Theodate, who was named for her maternal great grandmother.

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

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