Herschel Vespasian Johnson

Herschel Vespasian Johnson

Herschel Johnson
Confederate States Senator
from Georgia
In office
January 19, 1863 – May 10, 1865
Preceded by John Lewis
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
41st Governor of Georgia
In office
November 9, 1853 – November 6, 1857
Preceded by Howell Cobb
Succeeded by Joseph Brown
United States Senator
from Georgia
In office
February 4, 1848 – March 4, 1849
Preceded by Walter Colquitt
Succeeded by William Dawson
Personal details
Born (1812-09-18)September 18, 1812
Burke County, Georgia, US
Died August 16, 1880(1880-08-16) (aged 67)
Louisville, Georgia, US
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Ann Polk Walker
Alma mater University of Georgia

Herschel Vespasian Johnson (September 18, 1812 – August 16, 1880) was an American politician. He was the Douglas wing of the Democratic Party in the 1860 US presidential election.


Johnson was born near Farmer's Bridge in Milledgville, and continued to practice law.

Herschel V. Johnson around the time he ran for Vice President.

He unsuccessfully ran for Stephen A. Douglas.

In 1861 he served as a delegate to the state Second Confederate Congress from 1862 to the end of the war in 1865. In the Confederate Senate, he opposed conscription and the suspension of habeas corpus. After the Civil War, Johnson was a leader in the [[Reconstruction era of the United