Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

Reverdy Johnson (1796-1876)
MSA SC 3520-2052


Born May 21, 1796, in Annapolis, Maryland. Son of John and Deborah (Ghiselen) Johnson. Attended St. John's College, LL.D., 1811. Admitted to the bar, 1815. Married Mary MacKall Bowie, November 16, 1819; fifteen children: Mary Mackall Bowie; Mary; Ella Ridgely; Camilla; Reverdy, Jr.; John; Maria Louisa; Matilda Elizabeth Bowie; Emily Contee; Frances Cornelia; Thomas Bowie; Louis Eichelberger; Ella; Bowie; and Edward Contee. Died February 10, 1876, in Annapolis, Maryland. Buried in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore, Maryland.

Practiced law, Upper Marlboro, Prince George's County, 1815; Baltimore, 1822-1876. Prince George's County State's Attorney, 1816-1817. Deputy Maryland Attorney General, 1816-1817. Chief Commissioner of Insolvent Debtors, 1817. Member, Maryland State Senate, Western Shore, 1821-1827. Member, United States House of Representatives, 1845-1849; 1863-1868. United States Attorney General, 1849-1850. United States Secretary of War, ad interim, March 8, 1849. Member, Maryland House of Delegates, Baltimore County, 1861-1862. United States Minister to England, 1868-1869.

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