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Dr. Johnson, who is one of the leading physicians of his school, that of homeopathy, was born near Mount Vernon, Jefferson county, Illinois, October 15, 1842. He is the son of James and Lydia (Cricle) Johnson, natives of Connecticut and Illinois, respectively. He was educated in the public schools of his home town, and in the summer of 1862 enlisted in the Union army as a member of Company G, One Hundred and Tenth Regiment, Illinois Volunteers. In September of the same year he was assigned to the army of General Buell, then at Louisville, Kentucky, and fought his first battle at Perryville, Kentucky, October 8, 1862.

Dr. Johnson was in General Rosecrans' army at the battle of Stone River, and also in the campaign which resulted in the capture of Chattanooga and the great battle of Chickamauga. He was under General Thomas at the battles of Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge, General Grant in person directing the maneuvers of Thomas' and Rosecrans' combined forces. Subsequently he was under Sherman's command until the close of the war, taking part in the famous "march to the sea" and being present at the capture of Atlanta. He also participated in the campaign of the Carolinas, was at the last battle of Sherman's army at Bentonville, North Carolina, and was at the surrender of the Confederate armies under General Joseph Johnston, near Raleigh. From Raleigh he marched to Richmond, thence to Baltimore, and on to Washington, where, the war having come to an end, he was discharged June 8, 1865. His experiences during this long service were most varied and interesting and proved himself not unworthy of the martial blood coursing through his veins, his grandfather, George Johnson, having been a brave soldier of the war of 1812.

After teaching one term of school in the vicinity of his old home, Dr. Johnson attended the Cleveland Homeopathic Medical College and the Homeopathic Medical College of Missouri, at St. Louis; he was graduated in February 26, 1869. On the 4th of March, 1867, he came to Atchison, which has ever since been his home and where he has built up a large and lucrative practice. In 1885 he was appointed, by Governor Martin, a member of the state board of health. In April of that year he was elected the president of the board and was re-elected annually during the eight years he served as a member. The Doctor is the president of the Atchison (Kansas) hoard of United States pension examiners and has served a long time as a member of this board, having served under the administrations of Presidents Arthur, Harrison and McKinley. He is a charter member of the Homeopathic Medical Society of Kansas and has served two terms as its president. He is also a member of the American Institute of Homeopathy, the oldest national medical society in the United States, and a member of the American Public Health Association. He belongs to the Masons, Odd Fellows, the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and is the surgeon of John A. Martin Post, No. 93, G. A. R.

A man of wide experiences, thoroughly versed in his profession and commanding the confidence of the public, Dr. Johnson holds a high rank as a physician and citizen and is deserving of the success with which he has met.