JUDGE SAM JOHNSON
One of the prominent attorneys of Maryville, Blount Co., Tennessee is Sam Johnson, junior member of the well know legal firm of Brown & Johnson. A native of Tennessee he was born in Loudon County, on the 8th of October, 1878, a son of Elijah and Rebecca (Delozier) Johnson. The father was a native of Sevier County and in early life engaged in farming, achieving substantial success in that connection. Upon the outbreak of the Civil War he was quick to put all personal interests aside and enlist in the service of the Confederacy. He served until the surrender of Pemberton at Vicksburg, participating in most of the strategic battles.
In the acquirement of his early educational training Sam Johnson attended the common schools of his native county, Carson and Newman College and in due time enrolled in Valparaiso University in Indiana. He had early determined up on the legal profession as his life work and proved an able and brilliant student. At the age of twenty-three years Mr. Johnson began teaching school and he continued educational work during the summer vacations and in the early fall. In that way putting himself through college. In 1911 he was admitted to the bar and he came to Maryville in 1912. He taught school for two years, after being admitted to the bar, however, and then began the active practice of his profession as a member of the firm of Brown & Johnson, which association is still maintained. Aside from his private practice, Mr. Johnson has been called to public office and from April 1919 to September 1920, he was active as judge of the chancery court, having been appointed by Governor Roberts. He was city attorney for four years, was presidential elector in 1914 and was a delegate to the Democratic National convention in 1920. Mr. Johnson has not only achieved prominence as an attorney but he is a most popular public official and has been active in financial circles for some time as director in the First National Bank of Maryville.
Fraternally Mr. Jonson is identified with the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. His religious fait is that of the Baptist Church, to the support of which he is a generous contributor. He is essentially a public-spirited man and no movement for the development and improvement of the general welfare seeks his aid in vain.
From TENNESSEE: The Volunteer State 1769-1923 Vol II
Published by the S.J.Clarke Publishing Company , 1923
From the Lawson McGee Library, McClung Collection