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J0HNSON, Robert Ward, senator, born in Kentucky in 1814; died in Arkansas about 1879. Hie received an English education, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and removed to Pine Bluffs, Arkansas, where he practised his profession. He was elected to congress as a Democrat, and served from 1847 till 1853, when he was chosen United States senator. He was chairman of the committee on printing, and a member of those on military affairs and on public lands. He withdrew in 1861 when Arkansas passed an ordinance of secession, was elected to the Provisional Confederate congress, and in 1862 elected to the Confederate senate, in which he was an active member until the close of the civil war, after which he practised law in Washington, D. C.
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