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The Honorable Glenn T. Johnson

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Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge
State Assistant Attorney General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
There's Room At The Top.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1917
Birth Location:
Washington, Arkansas

Profession

Category:
LawMakers
Occupation(s):
Appellate Court Judge
State Assistant Attorney General

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
There's Room At The Top.

Birthplace

Born:
7/19/1917
Birth Location:
Washington
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Biography

Illinois Appellate Court Judge Glenn T. Johnson was born on July 19, 1917, in Washington, Arkansas, to Reola Thompson and Floyd Johnson. He earned his B.S. in education from Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio, and his J.D. and S.J.D. from John Marshall Law School in Chicago. During World War II, Johnson served in the U.S. Army. He later served as a member of the Illinois National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve.

Johnson worked as assistant attorney general of Illinois for seven years and as a senior attorney for the Metropolitan Sanitary District of Greater Chicago for three years. In 1966, he was elected associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and in 1968 was elected full Circuit Court judge, a position he held until 1973. That year, Johnson was sworn in as justice of the Appellate Court of Illinois. He served in this capacity until his retirement in 1994.

Johnson is a member of the National, American, Illinois, Cook County, Chicago and Women's Bar associations. He is past president of the Cook County Bar Association and past chairman of the Judicial Council of the National Bar Association and the Bench and Bar Section of the Illinois Bar Association. He holds memberships in various organizations and boards and is an active member of Woodlawn A.M.E. Church, where he serves as trustee emeritus and was a member of the Judicial Council for twenty-four years. Johnson is also an emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of the John Marshall Law School, where he served as a trustee for twenty-five years. He has received various awards and honors for his dedication and hard work.

Johnson was married to the late Judge Evelyn F. Johnson, with whom he had two children, Evelyn and Glenn Jr. He later married Elaine Bailey Johnson and has three grandchildren and one great-grandson. He died on November 30, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Glenn Johnson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Glenn Johnson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Glenn Johnson describes his family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Glenn Johnson describes his parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Glenn Johnson talks about his aunt, Gertrude Johnson France, who raised him
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Glenn Johnson describes his childhood home in Washington, Arkansas which was restored by James Pilkinton as part of Historic Washington State Park
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Glenn Johnson describes his grade school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Glenn Johnson describes learning to type as a high school student in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Glenn Johnson talks about playing football at Langston High School in Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Glenn Johnson describes his principal French Hicks and pastor Thomas Primm as those who influenced him
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Glenn Johnson explains the origin of his nickname "Hot Water" Johnson at Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Glenn Johnson describes his experience at Wilberforce University in Wilberforce, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Glenn Johnson talks about working as a dishwasher after graduating from Wilberforce University
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Glenn Johnson describes his distaste for farm work
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Glenn Johnson talks about his time in the ROTC at Wilberforce University where he was instructed by Benjamin O. Davis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Glenn Johnson describes his attempts to avoid military service
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Glenn Johnson talks about serving in the U.S. Army during World War II as a warrant officer
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Glenn Johnson talks about his military service in the U.S. Army during World War II, pt.1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Glenn Johnson talks about his military service in the U.S. Army during World War II, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Glenn Johnson talks about attending John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Glenn Johnson describes his work at the Illinois Attorney General's Office and his mentor, Claude Holman
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Glenn Johnson talks about Claude Holman and the "Silent Six"
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Glenn Johnson describes his political alignment with mentor Claude Holman and Mayor Richard J. Daley
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Glenn Johnson talks about his experience with Mayor Harold Washington's Administration
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Glenn Johnson describes his career highlights as an appellate judge
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Glenn Johnson talks about the "Silent Six" on Chicago City Council and Mayor Harold Washington's Administration
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Glenn Johnson describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Glenn Johnson talks about the World Conference on World Peace through Law and World Assembly of Judges
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Glenn Johnson reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Glenn Johnson talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Glenn Johnson reflects upon his aunt's pride in his accomplishments
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Glenn Johnson talks about his advice for young people and his mentee, Timothy Evans
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Glenn Johnson narrates his photos, pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Glenn Johnson narrates his photographs, pt.2