Johnson, Richard Mentor
- Edgar J. McManus
Johnson, Richard Mentor (1780–19 November 1850), U.S. congressman and vice president, was born at the frontier settlement of Beargrass, now part of Louisville, Kentucky, the son of Robert Johnson and Jemima Suggett, recent arrivals from Virginia. Soon after his birth the family moved to Bryant’s Station, near Lexington, and in 1783 settled permanently at Great Crossings in Scott County. Johnson’s father became active politically and served for a time in the Kentucky legislature. His work as a surveyor enabled him to locate and purchase some of the most valuable land in the county, and he managed to acquire a considerable estate....