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James D. Johnson

Born Aug 20, 1924

James Douglas Johnson, known as Justice Jim Johnson, was a former associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, a two-time candidate for governor of Arkansas in 1956 and 1966, and in 1968 an unsuccessful candidate for the U.S. Senate.

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1924 Birth Born on August 20, 1924.


1947 22 Years Old During his legal career, his wife, Virginia Lillian Morris Johnson (January 21, 1928 - June 27, 2007), a Conway native whom he married in 1947, served as his legal secretary.


1956 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1956, he did not run again for the legislature because he challenged Governor Orval Eugene Faubus in the Democratic Party primary. … Read More
1957 32 Years Old …  Johnson was elected to the Arkansas State Senate and served until January 1957.
1958 33 Years Old Being a lifelong staunch segregationist Johnson also played a role in the Little Rock Nine crisis. He was elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 1958 and served until 1966, when he resigned to run again for governor.


1966 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1966, Johnson entered the Democratic gubernatorial primary and led the six-candidate field with 105,607 votes (25.1 percent). … Read More


2007 82 Years Old The Johnsons resided in Conway until their deaths, three years apart. Virginia was Jim Johnson's legal secretary for his entire law career. She died of cancer in 2007, and Johnson himself was stricken with the same disease.
2010 85 Years Old 1 More Event
Saturday, February 13, 2010, at his home off Beaverfork Lake with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. … Read More
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