Charles Fletcher Johnson

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Charles Fletcher Johnson
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Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
April 30, 1929 – February 15, 1930
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
In office
October 1, 1917 – April 30, 1929
Appointed by Woodrow Wilson
Preceded by William LeBaron Putnam
Succeeded by Scott Wilson
United States Senator
from Maine
In office
March 4, 1911 – March 3, 1917
Preceded by Eugene Hale
Succeeded by Frederick Hale
Personal details
Charles Fletcher Johnson

(1859-02-14)February 14, 1859
Winslow, Maine
Died February 15, 1930(1930-02-15) (aged 71)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Resting place Pine Grove Cemetery
Waterville, Maine
Political party Democratic
Education Bowdoin College (A.B.)
read law

Charles Fletcher Johnson (February 14, 1859 – February 15, 1930) was a United States Senator from Maine and a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.

Education and career

Born on February 14, 1859, in Winslow, Kennebec County, Maine,[1] Johnson attended the common schools and Waterville Classical Institute.[2] He received an Artium Baccalaureus degree in 1879 from Bowdoin College and read law in 1886.[1] He was principal of the high school of Machias, Washington County, Maine from 1881 to 1886.[2] He was admitted to the bar and entered private practice in Waterville, Maine from 1886 to 1911.[1] He was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Maine in 1892 and 1894.[2] He was elected Mayor of Waterville in 1893, but left that office in 1894.[3] He was a member of the Maine House of Representatives in 1905 and 1907.[1]

Congressional service

Johnson was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1910 and served from March 4, 1911, until March 3, 1917.[2] He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916.[2] He was Chairman of the Committee on National Banks (63rd United States Congress), Committee on Fisheries (64th United States Congress) and the Committee on Pensions (64th United States Congress).[2]

Federal judicial service

Johnson was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson on October 1, 1917, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit vacated by Judge William LeBaron Putnam.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 1, 1917, and received his commission the same day.[1] He assumed senior status on April 30, 1929.[1] His service terminated on February 15, 1930, due to his death while on a visit to St. Petersburg, Florida.[1] He was interred in Pine Grove Cemetery in Waterville.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Charles Fletcher Johnson at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g United States Congress. "Charles Fletcher Johnson (id: J000124)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ History of Mayors Archived 2011-07-21 at the Wayback Machine City of Waterville, Maine


U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Eugene Hale
U.S. Senator (Class 1) from Maine
Served alongside: William P. Frye, Obadiah Gardner, Edwin C. Burleigh, Bert M. Fernald
Succeeded by
Frederick Hale
Legal offices
Preceded by
William LeBaron Putnam
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
Succeeded by
Scott Wilson
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