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April 24, 1966: Louis Johnson died in Washington


Attorney Louis Arthur Johnson (January 10, 1891-April 24, 1966) was a politician, U.S. cabinet officer, and co-founder of a major law firm. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia, although he spent most of his life in Clarksburg. He was the boxing and wrestling champion at the University of Virginia, where he received his law degree in 1912. Following overseas service in World War I, Johnson helped to found the American Legion and eventually became its national commander.

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