Biography of Charles F. Johnson
Franklin County, Ohio Biographies





Charles Foster Johnson. - Individually and through the companies which he has organized and directed, Charles Foster Johnson has developed millions of dollars worth of property in Columbus and Franklin County, as well as in other sections of the state and country. Some of the most important real estate transactions, building and construction interests have centered in him.

Mr. Johnson was born at New Albany, Franklin County, Ohio, October 14, 1879, the son of William H. and Mary Rose (Humphrey) Johnson. He is of Revolutionary ancestry, his great grandfather, Robert Johnson, having been a private in the Second Maryland Regiment in the war for independence, while his great great grandfather, John Ferguson, was a private in the Frederick County, Maryland, Associators. The Johnson family has been in Franklin County for several generations, coming overland in wagons from Washington, District of Columbia. Mr. Johnson's father was born in Columbus.

The early years of Charles F. Johnson were spent at New Albany, where he attended the public schools. Later, he attended high school at Ithaca, New York, and in 1902 was graduated in law from Ohio State University. His legal education has been useful to him in many ways though he never sought to build up a practice of law, being early drawn into the real estate business. In 1907 he organized and became president of the Columbus Land Company and in 1908 the Thompson, Johnson & Thompson Company. In 1910 he became one of the organizers and secretary of the Dominion Land Company. This company has remained the chief medium to which his real estate development enterprises have been carried out. In addition thereto he has also organized and has been executive head of other companies for real estate development, including the Owners Land Company, the Bergman Realty Company, New Columbus Land Company, Beechwald Realty Company, Charles F. Johnson Realty Company, and Pegg Realty Company. He is also secretary of the Frankenberg Construction Company, doing general construction work. In the summer of 1923 he organized and is president of the Charles F. Johnson, Inc., an organization through which all the business of the companies just mentioned is transacted, thus centering the bulk of his affairs under one head.

Through such organizations Mr. Johnson has facilities for doing everything in the development of property. He buys land, plats it into building sites, builds streets, sewers and other modern improvements, erects houses, and in the course of 24 years or more has handled a great volume of business.

Mr Johnson is an elder in the East Broad Street Presbyterian Church, is active in charities and is a member of the Young Men's Christian Association, is a Thirty second Degree Scottish Rite Mason, being a life member of Aladdin Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Achbar Grotto, and he is also a member of the Columbus Rotary Club, Columbus Country Club, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, No. 37, American Legion, and Benjamin Franklin Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution. He is a trustee of Western College at Oxford, Ohio, and trustee of the Presbyterian Homes at Sidney, Ohio, president of the Presbyterian Council of Presbytery of Columbus, as well as a trustee of the Presbytery, member of the Buckeye Republican Club, Columbus Real Estate Board, and Chamber of Commerce.

During the World War period Mr. Johnson in the spring of 1918 volunteered and was assigned to duty in the quartermaster general's headquarters at Washington, District of Columbia, with the rank of captain. From there he was transferred to Camp Meade, Maryland, and finally to Zone Supply Office at Baltimore, where he continued on duty until he was honorably discharged in March, 1919.

On June 16, 1904, Mr. Johnson was united in marriage with Miss Mary Jane Pinney. They have three daughters: Mary Kathryn, Phylis, and Esther Pinney.

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


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