THOMAS JOHNSON, banker and capitalist, is identified with many of the leading interests of both Steubenville and Jefferson County. He is a native of this city, born in 1843, and is a son of Dr. Thomas Johnson, who came to Steubenville in 1840, from Washington County, Pennsylvania, and was engaged in the practice of medicine here until the time of his death. He was a citizen of prominence and usefulness and at different times served on the city school board and in the city council.
Thomas Johnson attended the schools in his native city and later took a commercial course in Duff's Business College in the wholesale and retail drug business at Steubenville, from which he retired in 1893 in order to give the necessary attention to other interests and to find time to care for estates that had been left in his charge. He is a member of a number of directing boards controlling the destinies of important interests, among them being the National Exchange Bank, of Steubenville, and the Steubenville Coal and Mining Company. He was cashier and also president of the Steubenville National Bank at the time it was merged into the National Exchange Bank, and he is president of the George & Sherrard Paper Company, of Wellsburg, W. Va. He is a member of the Steubenville Chamber of Commerce and a trustee, vice-president and treasurer of the Union Cemetery Association.
At Philadelphia, Pa., in 1866, Mr. Johnson was married to Miss Margaret Jane Sharp, of that city, and they have two children: William R., who is in the wholesale grocery business at Steubenville; and Bessie, who is the wife of W. W. Welsh, who is superintendent of the open hearth furnance and the La Belle Iron Works. Mr. and Mrs. Johnson are members of the Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Republican, and fraternally an Elk.