Biography of Arthur C. Johnson
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Arthur Charles Johnson. - Numbered among the successful and representative newspaper men of Ohio is Arthur Charles Johnson, who is editor and associate publisher of The Columbus Evening (and Sunday) Dispatch. He was born at Ira, Ohio, October 10, 1874, the son of Charles and Helen Frances (Cranz) Johnson.

Arthur Charles Johnson was educated in the public and high schools of Wadsworth, and attended Ohio University. He was graduated from Buchtel College, Akron, Ohio, in 1897, with a degree of Bachelor of Science. During 1896 and '97 he was editor of the Buchtel College publications, and began his professional newspaper career as reporter and later city editor of the Beacon-Journal, Akron, in 1897. Three years later he became a member of the staff of the Washington Post, Washington, District of Columbia, and in 1902 became city editor of the Columbus Dispatch, in which capacity he served for ten years, and from 1912 until 1923 was managing editor of the Dispatch, then becoming editor in chief and later also associate publisher. Mr. Johnson's newspaper career in Columbus has been characterized by an intense interest in public matters of importance to the city, county and state.

On December 31, 1902, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Miss Grace Reah of Athens, Ohio.

Mr. Johnson served in the Spanish-American War as a private and later as regimental sergeant major of the Eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and served in the Santiago campaign. He is a Republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of various Masonic bodies, of Phi Delta Theta and Sigma Delta Chi Fraternities, Columbus Athletic Club, Columbus Country Club, Rocky Fork Hunt and Country Club, Ohio State Faculty Club, Nassau Club of Princeton and the National Press Club of Washington, District of Columbia. Succeeding the late Governor James E. Campbell, he became president of the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society and is a life trustee of Ohio University at Athens.

From:
History of Franklin County, Ohio
By:Opha Moore
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930


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