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JOHNSON, Ovid Frazer, lawyer, born near Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania, in 1807; died in Washington, D. C., in February, 1854. He studied law with John N. Conyngham, and, after being admitted to the bar, began practice in Wilkesbarre. In 1833-'45 he was attorney-general of Pennsylvania. He attained distinction as a political writer, and was the author of the political satires entitled the "Governor's Letters," which were published during the administration of Governor Joseph Ritner.
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