Johnson, Frank, Jr.
- Jack Bass
Johnson, Frank, Jr. (30 October 1918–23 July 1999), U.S. district and circuit judge, was born Frank Minis Johnson, Jr., in Delmar, Alabama, the son of Frank M. Johnson, a postmaster and local Republican official, and Alabama Sivilla Long Johnson, a teacher. Growing up in mountainous Winston County, an area of few slaveowners that became a Unionist stronghold during the Civil War, he decided to become a lawyer after watching trials at the county courthouse, where his father served as probate judge. After becoming what he would term “a little rancorous” at sixteen, he was enrolled at Gulf Coast Military Academy and then attended Birmingham Southern College for less than a semester on a football scholarship....