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Herschel V. Johnson
September 18, 1812 Herschel Johnson born, Burke County, Georgia
  Herschel V. Johnson
July 14, 1846 Responding to a firm anti-war (Mexican-American War) stance from the Whigs, Democrat Hershel V. Johnson charges Whig Alexander Stephens is a liar. Stephens challenged Johnson to a duel, which never occured. Athough they would eventually become close friends, Johnson and Stephens would not speak for 9 years.
  Alexander Stephens
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November 9, 1853 Herschel Vespasian Johnson begins term as governor of Georgia
  Governors of Georgia, 1801-1900
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December 11, 1858 Johnson County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Johnson County, Georgia
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April 23, 1860 At the Democratic National convention a long-feared split occurs. Southerners leave and northerners choose Stephen A. Douglas as their presidential nominee. To help offset the Southern defection, Douglas choses anti-secessionist Herschel Johnson as his vice-presidential nominee.
  Herschel V. Johnson
January 1, 1861 Georgia votes against holding a secession convention, but the results are manipulated by Governor Joseph Brown to indicate that the state strongly supported the convention.
  Civil War - 1861
  Joseph Emerson Brown
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August 16, 1880 U. S. Senator, Georgia governor, and Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee (1860) Herschel Johnson dies near Louisville, Georgia (Jefferson County)
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Herschel V. Johnson

Herschel V. JohnsonAfter graduating from the University of Georgia in Athens, Hershel Johnson practiced law first in Louisville, seat of Jefferson County, then in Milledgeville, Georgia's state capital. Following failed attempts to run for Congress and governor of Georgia, Johnson was appointed to fill the Senate seat of Walter Colquitt. In 1853 Johnson resigned his seat and returned to Georgia to successfully run for governor.

After his term as governor, Johnson was frequently chosen as an anti-secessionist speaker. In 1860 he was one of the few Southerners who stayed following a walkout of pro-slavery Democrats from the national convention. Because of this and his anti-secession stance, Johnson was chosen by Douglas and the Democrats as their vice-presidential candidate. Douglas lost the election to Abraham Lincoln.

Johnson returned to Georgia, where he ran as an anti-secessionist to the Georgia Secessionist Convention. Once Georgia seceded he decided to stay with his state and served a portion of a term as a Confederate States Senator. Following the war he was elected to the U. S. Senate in 1866, but his credentials were never approved because of his involvement with the Confederates.

He was chosen to lead the 1868 Constitutional Convention in Atlanta.

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