Johnson, Hiram W.

Johnson, Hiram W. (Warren)

(1866–1945) reformer, governor, U.S. senator; born in Sacramento, Calif. A leading figure in Progressive reform politics, he was elected governor of California on the Republican ticket (1911–17). As governor he supported women's suffrage, the abolition of child labor, and railroad regulation. In 1912 he ran as vice-presidential candidate on Theodore Roosevelt's "Bull Moose" ticket. Elected to the U.S. Senate as a Republican (1917–45), he was known as a staunch isolationist.
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