Johnston, Henry Simpson

Johnston, Henry Simpson

(1867–1970) governor; born near Evansville, Ind. A lawyer, he served on the Oklahoma Territorial Council (1897–1904), becoming a state senator in 1907. As Democratic governor of Oklahoma (1927–29), he clashed with the legislature over state highway commission appointments, invoking martial law to neutralize his opponents. Impeached in 1929, he served in the Oklahoma senate (1932–36), returning to the law afterward.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.