Biography of Tom Loftin Johnson


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.