Paul B. Johnson, Jr.
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Paul B. Johnson, Jr.

Politician
Male
Born Jan 23, 1916
Hometown Hattiesburg, Miss...
Died Oct 14, 1985
Death Place Hattiesburg, Miss...
Political Party Democratic Party
Religion Methodist

Paul Burney Johnson, Jr. was a United States Democratic Mississippi politician and son of former Mississippi Governor Paul B. Johnson, Sr.. A graduate of the University of Mississippi and Ole Miss Law, Johnson was a practicing attorney in Jackson and Hattiesburg, marrying his college sweetheart Dorothy Power in 1941. During his first year at Ole Miss, he was a member of the freshman Ole Miss football team and was initiated into Sigma Alpha Epsilon social fraternity.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1916 Birth Born in 1916.

TWENTIES

1941 25 Years Old A graduate of the University of Mississippi and Ole Miss Law, Johnson was a practicing attorney in Jackson and Hattiesburg, marrying his college sweetheart Dorothy Power in 1941. … Read More

THIRTIES

1948 32 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon his release from the service, he looked to follow in his father's political footsteps, serving as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi from 1948 to 1951. … Read More
1955 39 Years Old Twice during his tenure, and once more in 1955, Johnson ran for governor, losing all three times. … Read More

FORTIES

1959 43 Years Old In 1959, he ran for lieutenant governor and won, serving under segregationist icon Governor Ross Barnett.
1962 46 Years Old He played a prominent role in trying to prevent James Meredith from enrolling at Ole Miss in 1962, physically blocking federal marshals escorting Meredith.
1963 47 Years Old Recognizing that his career in state politics was hopeless, and bolstered by his segregationist appeal, Johnson ran for governor once again in 1963 "on a platform of segregation and race hatred so inflexibly extreme as to satisfy the most violent white segregationists". … Read More
1964 48 Years Old …  In his inaugural address in 1964, he chose, "Pursuit of Excellence" as his term's theme and also stated, "Hate, or prejudice, or ignorance, will not lead Mississippi while I sit in the governor's chair." … Read More
1965 49 Years Old 1 More Event
After seeing the potentially damaging effects on the state's image and business climate, Johnson worked to tone down any racist rhetoric and adopted moderate policies, including requesting that the state comply with the newly-passed Voting Rights Act in 1965. … Read More

FIFTIES

1966 50 Years Old In addition, his fight to repeal the prohibition on alcohol in 1966, a state law for the previous 58 years that had largely been ignored by moonshiners, was another issue that gained him popular appeal. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

1985 70 Years Old Died on October 14, 1985.
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