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Honorable George W. Johnson, of No. 1440 Twelfth Street, Moline, was born in Henry County, Illinois, October 9, 1857. He was raised on the farm and the training he there acquired fitted him well for the public career he later attained. As a youth he was persevering and studious and made the most of the public school teachings he had the advantage of May 31, 1882, he married Miss Caroline F. Hogg, of Andover, Illinois. For two years they conducted a farm and then, Mr. Johnson feeling himself fitted for a business career, moved to Orion, Illinois, in the Spring of 1884, where he entered in the general mercantile business. During President Harrison’s administration he was appointed postmaster at Orion.
In 1891 he gave up his, business in Orion and moved to Moline where he entered the real estate field. He followed this business until 1900 when he accepted the active management of the Moline Furniture Co.
Mr. Johnson is a staunch Republican and has been identified with the party since old enough to vote. As a Republican he has always upheld the party principles and taken an active part in the campaigns. He was elected a member of the House of Representatives from this, the Thirty-third Senatorial District, in 1898, and served for two terms in the Forty-first and Forty-second general assembly, where he acquitted himself well. Mr. Johnson is affiliated with the Lutheran Church.
Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have been the parents of four children, the oldest dying when six years of age. There are three boys living, Mauritz Johnson, aged twenty-two, now with his father in the office; Esley, aged nineteen, now at college; and Franklin, aged twelve, now in the public schools.