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JOHNSON, Lester Roland

JOHNSON, Lester Roland
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


JOHNSON, Lester Roland, a Representative from Wisconsin; born in Brandon, Fond du Lac County, Wis., June 16, 1901; attended the public schools and Lawrence College, 1919-1921; graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Commerce in 1924; was associated with his father in the lumber, feed, and coal business 1924-1938; entered the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1938 and graduated in February 1941; was admitted to the Wisconsin bar and commenced practice in Black River Falls, Wis., the same year; chief clerk of the Wisconsin assembly 1935-1939; with State banking commission in 1942; district attorney of Jackson County 1943-1946 and again in 1953; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1952 and 1960; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-third Congress, by special election, October 13, 1953, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Merlin Hull; reelected to the six succeeding Congresses and served from October 13, 1953, to January 3, 1965; was not a candidate for reelection in 1964 to the Eighty-ninth Congress; died in Augusta, Wis., July 24, 1975; interment in Brandon Cemetery, Brandon, Wis.

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

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External Research Collections

State Historical Society of Wisconsin

Madison, WI
Papers: 1953-1964, 18 cubic feet, 3 reels microfilm, 3 tape recordings, 24 photographs, and 1 poster. Collection includes correspondence, subject files, newsletters, press releases, radio scripts, speeches, and statements, and microfilmed clipping scrapbooks, and photographs. The files extensively document Johnson's interest in dairy marketing and price supports, soil and water conservation, wetlands and wildlife refuges, and the proposed Ice Age National Park.
Papers: In the Walter H. Brovald papers, 1938-1990, 9.6 cubic feet, 3 reels microfilm, 241 photographs, 97 negatives. Persons represented include Lester Roland Johnson.
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