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Richard Mentor Johnson

Richard Mentor JohnsonBorn: 17-Oct-1780
Birthplace: Bryant's Station, KY
Died: 19-Nov-1850
Location of death: Frankfort, KY
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Frankfort Cemetery, Frankfort, KY

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Democratic

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: 9th Vice President of the US

Military service: Kentucky Volunteers (War of 1812)

Richard Mentor Johnson, ninth Vice President of the United States, was born at Bryant's Station, Kentucky, on the 17th of October 1780. He was admitted to the bar in 1800, and became prominent as a lawyer and Democratic politician. During the War of 1812 he served under General William Henry Harrison, participating in the Canadian campaign where he commanded a regiment of fellow Kentuckians. Johnson served both in the Federal House of Representatives and in the Senate for many years. From 1837 to 1841 he was Vice President of the United States, to which position he was elected over Francis Granger, by the Senate, none of the four candidates for the Vice Presidency having received a majority of the electoral votes. The opposition to Johnson within the party greatly increased during his term, and the Democratic national convention of 1840 adopted the unprecedented course of refusing to nominate anyone for the Vice Presidency. In the ensuing election Johnson received most of the Democratic electoral votes, but was defeated by the Whig candidate, John Tyler. He died in Frankfort, Kentucky, on the 19th of November 1850.

Brother: James Johnson (b. 1774, d. 1826)
Brother: John Telemachus Johnson

    University: Transylvania University, Lexington, KY

    US Vice President (4-Mar-1837 to 3-Mar-1841, under Martin Van Buren)
    US Congressman, Kentucky (4-Mar-1829 to 3-Mar-1837)
    US Senator, Kentucky (10-Dec-1819 to 3-Mar-1829)
    US Congressman, Kentucky (4-Mar-1807 to 3-Mar-1819)
    Kentucky State House of Representatives (1804-06)


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