Tillman Davis Johnson

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Tillman Davis Johnson
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah
In office
May 28, 1949 – November 1, 1953
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah
In office
November 2, 1915 – May 28, 1949
Appointed byWoodrow Wilson
Preceded byJohn Augustine Marshall
Succeeded byWillis William Ritter
Personal details
Born
Tillman Davis Johnson

(1858-01-08)January 8, 1858
Rutherford County, Tennessee
DiedNovember 1, 1953(1953-11-01) (aged 95)
Ogden, Utah
EducationCumberland University
read law

Tillman Davis Johnson (January 8, 1858 – November 1, 1953) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, Johnson attended Cumberland University and read law to enter the bar. He was a teacher in Tennessee from 1880 to 1885, and was principal of the Government Indian School in Fort Bennett, Dakota Territory (now South Dakota) from 1886 to 1887, and of the Government Indian School in Fort Hall, Idaho Territory (now Idaho) from 1888 to 1889. He was in private practice in Ogden, Utah Territory (State of Utah from January 4, 1896) from 1889 to 1915. He was a member of the Utah House of Representatives from 1898 to 1899.[1] In 1912, he ran for United States Congress as a Democrat.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Johnson received a recess appointment from President Woodrow Wilson on November 2, 1915, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Utah vacated by Judge John Augustine Marshall. He was nominated to the same position by President Wilson on January 7, 1916. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on January 18, 1916, and received his commission the same day. He assumed senior status on May 28, 1949. His service terminated on November 1, 1953, due to his death in Ogden.[1]

Attempted assassination[edit]

On September 30, 1927 Johnson was shot three times while mounting the bench in Salt Lake City, Utah. The assailant, Eliza Simmons was angry at Johnson for ruling against her in a case decided in 1924 involving the death of her husband in a 1910 mining accident.[3] Convicted of attempted murder in November 1927, Simmons was sentenced to seven years in prison.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tillman Davis Johnson at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ James A. Howell (1949). "Judge Tillman D. Johnson". Utah Law Review. 1 (7): 7–12.  – via HeinOnline (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Woman Shoots District Judge". Cornell Daily Sun. October 1, 1927. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
  4. ^ "7 Year Sentence Given to Woman Who Shot Judge". Reading Times. November 3, 1927. Retrieved 9 May 2014.

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
John Augustine Marshall
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Utah
1915–1949
Succeeded by
Willis William Ritter