George D. Johnson papers
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of letters, photographs, office files, and five scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from Duluth newspapers compiled in chronological sequence by Johnson's secretary spanning the years George D. Johnson was mayor. See also S2386 portrait collection under George D. Johnson.
Conditions Governing Access
Open for use in the Kathryn A. Martin Library, Archives and Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.
Biographical / Historical
George D. Johnson was born and died in Duluth, Minnesota and was elected as Duluth's mayor twice. He was elected at age 36 on April 7, 1953, taking office April 20, 1953 and serving to 1956. He was defeated in 1956 and 1959. On September 7, 1962 we was appointed by the City Council to fill the term of E. Clifford Mork who died in office on August 14, 1962.Johnson served the remainder of that term and was re-elected to a second term April 2, 1963, but lost in his bid for re-election in 1967, when Ben Boo was elected.
Johnson was the son of Walter C. Johnson a Swedish immigrant employed as general foreman of the open hearth in the U. S. Steel plant. George worked at the plant in both labor and management positions beginning in October 1939 as senior accounts clerk and from 1941 at the wire mill's accounting department. He was president of CIO-USW Local for electrical and technical personnel. He was a past president of the United Steelworkers of America Local 3391.Johnson was also a reporter for the Duluth News Tribune. He married Duluthian Eleanor Hall in 1939, resulting in her leaving the University of Minnesota as a sophomore. They had two daughters, Barbara and Michelle, who were ages 7 and 12 when George was first elected mayor. The Johnson home was in Morgan Park at 1043 84th Ave West. Eleanor Hall Johnson died in 1994.
Language of Materials
The collection consists of letters, photographs, office files, and five scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from Duluth newspapers compiled in chronological sequence by Johnson's secretary spanning the years George D. Johnson was mayor.
This collection is located at the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives. For more information about this collection or to make an appointment, contact us at email@example.com or 218-726-8526.
This collection is part of the Northeast Minnesota Historical Collections, which are housed in the University of Minnesota Duluth Archives at the Kathryn A. Martin Library.
- Duluth (Minn.) Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Duluth (Minn.)--Mayors Subject Source: Local sources
- Labor unions Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mayors Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Scrapbooks Subject Source: Local sources
- Swedish Americans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Guide to the George D. Johnson papers
- Finding Aid Authors: P. Maus.
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Collecting Area Details
Contact The University of Minnesota Duluth Archives and Special Collections Collecting Area
Kathryn A. Martin Library
University of Minnesota Duluth
416 Library Drive
Duluth MN 55812-3001