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Biography of Tom Loftin Johnson


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Johnson, Tom Loftin. Capitalist, politician. Born in Georgetown, Kentucky, 1854. Went to Indiana in boyhood, and was educated there. Clerk in street railway office, Louisville, KY, 1869-75. Invented several street railway devices; bought a street railway in Indianapolis; later acquired large street railway interests in Cleveland, Detroit, and Brooklyn. Was also iron manufacturer in Cleveland. Member of Congress, 1891-95. Prominent advocate of the "single-tax" theories of Henry George. He retired from business and devoted his entire time to taxation questions, municipal reform, and official duties. Mayor of Cleveland, 1901-10. Died 1911.