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Register of the Johnson (U.S. Rep. J. Leroy) Collection, 1918-1953
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  • Administrative Information
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Johnson (U.S. Rep. J. Leroy) Collection,
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1953
    Collection number: Mss141
    Creator: Mrs. J. Leroy Johnson
    Extent: 0.5 linear ft.
    Repository: University of the Pacific. Library. Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections
    Stockton, CA 95211
    Shelf location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Access

    Collection is open for research.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Johnson (U.S. Rep. J. Leroy) Collection, Mss141, Holt-Atherton Department of Special Collections, University of the Pacific Library

    Biography

    J. Leroy Johnson, lawyer, member of the U.S. Congress (1941-1956), received a J.D. from the University of California (1914). He practiced law in Stockton (Calif.)until the onset of World War I. During the War Johnson served in France, where he won the Silver Star as a pilot for the 104th Aero Squadron of the American Expeditionary Forces. He resumed his law practice in 1919 and was elected Deputy District Attorney of San Joaquin County the following year. He married NABISCO heiress, Elizabeth Alpers, May 22, 1920. Johnson was Stockton City Attorney (1923-1933), a member of the Stockton Planning Commission(1934-1941) and Director of the Delta Investment Company. During his ten years as city attorney, Stockton's population doubled. It was in this period that Stockton's deep water port was created. Mr. Johnson's legal burden was heavy and involved land litigation cases. It was he who drafted the legislation that began city planning in Stockton.
    Johnson was first elected to Congress in 1941. He served seven terms, five (78th -82nd Congress) representing the 3rd California District and two (83rd-84th Congress) representing the 11th District. Many of these were wartime years, and, Mr. Johnson by reason of his past War experience, became a significant influence on the House Armed Services Committee. Johnson toured Italy (June 1945) with various Allied commanders reviewing conditions and war damage. He then served until retired by the voters in 1956.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists primarily of materials pertaining to World War I and World War II. World War I is delineated in letters from the young Johnson to his girl, Elizabeth Alpers (1918). Photographs form the bulk of the collection. These depict the Congressman touring Italy, Hawaii and Japan as a member of the House Armed Services Committee.