|JOHNSON, LUTHER ALEXANDER (1875-1965).
Luther Alexander Johnson, Congressman and judge, was born on
October 29, 1875, in
Corsicana, Texas, to Ebenezer Wiley and Fannie L.
(McMillan) Johnson. He attended Cumberland University in
Lebanon, Tennessee, where he received a law degree in 1896.
Later that year he was admitted to the bar and began his law
practice in Corsicana. He was Navarro county attorney from
1898 to 1902 and district attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial
District from 1904 to 1910. He had a private practice in
Corsicana from 1910 to 1923. He was a delegate to the
Democratic national convention in St. Louis in 1916 and
chairman of the Democratic state convention in Fort Worth in
1920. He was a member of the Sixty-eighth through the
Seventy-ninth congresses, 1923-46, representing the Sixth
Texas District. While a congressman, he served on the house
foreign relations committee during the administrations of F.
D. Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Truman appointed him a federal
tax-court judge in 1946, a position he held until 1956.
Johnson married Turner Read on July 19, 1899. They had two
children. Johnson was a member of
Westminister Presbyterian Church in Corsicana for eighty
years and eventually became a ruling elder in the church. He
was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Lions Club. He
died on June 6, 1965, in Corsicana and was buried in
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Austin American-Statesman, June 7,
1965. Biographical Directory of the American Congress.
Dallas Morning News, May 15, 1956. Uvalde
Leader-News, June 21, 1956. Vertical Files, Barker Texas
History Center, University of Texas at Austin. Who's Who in
the South and Southwest, Vol. 1.
"JOHNSON, LUTHER ALEXANDER." The Handbook of Texas
Corsicana, Navarro County, Texas