JOHNSON, Tom Loftin

JOHNSON, Tom Loftin
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
About this object
1854–1911

Biography

JOHNSON, Tom Loftin, a Representative from Ohio; born in Georgetown, Scott County, Ky., July 18, 1854; moved to Indiana in boyhood; attended the public schools; employed in a rolling mill; clerk in a street-railway office in Louisville, Ky., 1869-1875; later became secretary of the company; invented several street-railway devices; purchased a street railway in Indianapolis, Ind.; later acquired large street-railway interests in Cleveland, Detroit, and Brooklyn; settled in Cleveland, Ohio; became interested in rolling mills and iron manufacturing; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1901-1909; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1909; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for Governor of Ohio in 1903; died in Cleveland, Ohio, April 10, 1911; interment in Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, N.Y.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division

Washington, DC
Papers: 8 reels of microfilm. Copies of materials in the Western Reserve Historical Society.
Papers: In the papers of Brand Whitlock, 1893-1934, 65.4 linear feet. Correspondents include Tom Loftin Johnson.
Papers: In the papers of the Breckinridge family papers, 1752-1965, 263 linear feet. Correspondents include Tom Loftin Johnson.

Denver Public Library
Western History/Genealogy Department

Denver, CO
Papers: In the papers of Margaret Johnson Harrison, 1871-1953, 1734-1953, 1.75 linear feet. Collection contains original art work and other material relating to Mrs. Harrison's brother, Thomas Loftin Johnson.

Filson Club

Louisville, KY
Papers: In the papers of A. B. Du Pont, 1900-1960, 118 items. Persons represented include Tom Loftin Johnson. Collection is restricted.

Western Reserve Historical Society

Cleveland, OH
Papers: 3 feet. Collection concerns his career as mayor of Cleveland. Finding aid in repository.
Papers: In Peter Witt papers, 1895-1948, 4 feet. Unpublished register in repository.
Papers: In the papers of Tom L. Johnson, series II, 1901-1909, 0.6 linear foot. Financial reports and receipts and correspondence from the Cleveland Mayor's Office.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

Briggs, Robert L. The Progressive Era in Cleveland, Ohio: Tom L. Johnson's Administration, 1901-1909. [N.p., n.d.]

Johnson, Tom Loftin. My Story. Edited by Elizabeth J. Hauser. New York: B. W. Huebsch, 1911. Reprint, Kent, Ohio: Kent State University Press and Western Reserve Historical Society, 1993.

---. Statement of Mayor Tom L. Johnson on Municipal Ownership. [Cleveland, Ohio: Press of S. J. Monck, 19-?]

Lorenz, Carl. Tom L. Johnson, Mayor of Cleveland. New York: The A.S. Barnes Company, 1911.

Massouh, M. "Innovations in Street Railways Before Electric Traction: Tom L. Johnson's Contributions." Technology and Culture 18 (April 1977): 202-17.

Murdock, Eugene C. "Life of Tom L. Johnson." Ph.D. diss., Columbia University, 1951.

---. Tom Johnson of Cleveland. Dayton, Ohio: Wright State University Press, 1994.

O'Connell, Kevin. Tom Johnson: The Life and Times of Cleveland's Greatest Mayor. [Cleveland, Ohio: Green Road Press, 2001].

Suit, William W. "Tom Loftin Johnson, Businessman Reformer." Ph.D. diss., Kent State University, 1988.

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