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Richard Mentor Johnson (1780-1850), 1st cousin 6x removed

Richard Mentor Johnson, 9th Vice President of the United States and Senator from Kentucky (National Portrait Gallery)

Richard Mentor Johnson was the ninth Vice President of the United States, serving in the administration of Martin Van Buren (1837–1841).  He was the only Vice President ever elected by the United States Senate under the provisions of the Twelfth Amendment.  Johnson also represented Kentucky in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and began and ended his political career in the Kentucky House of Representatives. At the outset of the War of 1812, Johnson was commissioned a colonel in the army. He and his brother James served under William Henry Harrison in Upper Canada.  Johnson participated in the Battle of the Thames where some maintain that he personally killed the Shawnee chief Tecumseh, a fact he later used to his political advantage.  In 1836, Johnson was the Democratic nominee for Vice President on a ticket with Martin Van Buren.  Campaigning with the slogan “Rumpsey Dumpsey, Rumpsey Dumpsey, Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh”, Johnson fell just short of the electoral votes needed to secure his election when Virginia’s delegation to the electoral college bucked the vote of their state and refused to cast their votes for Johnson.  He was elected to the office by the Senate along sharp party lines.  Johnson proved such a liability for the Democrats in the 1836 election that the party refused to renominate him for Vice President in 1840.  Instead, Van Buren campaigned with no running mate and lost the election to William Henry Harrison.  Johnson made several failed attempts to return to elected office, and he finally returned to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1850.  He died the same year, just two weeks into his term.

 

Richard Mentor Johnson (1780 – 1850), 1st cousin 6x removed – Jemima Suggett (1753 – 1814) – James Suggett (1722 – 1786) – John Suggett (1751 – 1834) – Elizabeth Betsey Suggett (1782 – 1857) – Marion Wallace Thomson (1821 – 1896) – Allen Thomson Gunnell (1848 – 1907) – Seddie Gunnell (1875 – 1946) – Elizabeth Gunnell Hamlin (1901 – 1982) – Tor Martin Hylbom (1939 – 2009) – Tor Martin (Majerus) Hylbom

He is also my 5th cousin 6x removed through Thomas Youell (1618-1655) and Ann Sturman (1618-1670).

Richard Mentor Johnson's gravesite in the Frankfort Cemetery (Frankfort, Kentucky). The cemetery also is the burial site of Daniel Boone (1734-1820) and contains the graves of other famous Americans, including seventeen Kentucky governors.

Richard Mentor Johnson’s gravesite in the Frankfort Cemetery (Frankfort, Kentucky). The cemetery also is the burial site of Daniel Boone (1734-1820) and contains the graves of other famous Americans, including seventeen Kentucky governors.

 

 

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