Waldo P. Johnson

Waldo P. Johnson
Confederate States Senator
from Missouri
In office
December 24, 1863  May 10, 1865
Preceded by Robert Peyton
Succeeded by Constituency abolished
United States Senator
from Missouri
In office
March 17, 1861  January 10, 1862
Preceded by James Green
Succeeded by Robert Wilson
Member of the Missouri House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born (1817-09-16)September 16, 1817
Bridgeport, Virginia (present-day West Virginia), U.S.
Died August 14, 1885(1885-08-14) (aged 67)
Osceola, Missouri, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Rector College
Military service
  • 1st Missouri Regiment of Mounted Volunteers
  • 4th Missouri Infantry Regiment

Waldo P. Johnson (born Waldo Porter Johnson; September 16, 1817  August 14, 1885) was an American politician who served as a Confederate States Senator from Missouri from 1863 to 1865.


Born in Bridgeport, Virginia (present-day West Virginia), Waldo Porter Johnson attended public and private schools, graduated from Rector College (Pruntytown, Virginia) in 1839. He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in Harrison County, Virginia in 1841. He moved to Osceola, Missouri in 1842 and continued the practice of law, and served in the Mexican-American War as a member of the First Missouri Regiment of Mounted Volunteers. In 1847 he was a member of the Missouri House of Representatives and was elected circuit attorney in 1848 and judge of the seventh judicial circuit in 1851. He resigned in 1852 and resumed the practice of law.

Johnson was a member of the peace convention of 1861 held in Washington, D.C., in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending American Civil War; he was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate and served from March 17, 1861, to January 10, 1862, when he was expelled from the Senate for disloyalty to the government. He served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War and attained the rank of lieutenant colonel of the 4th Missouri Infantry Regiment, and was appointed a member of the Confederate States Senator to fill a vacancy.

From August 1865 to April 1866, Johnson resided in Hamilton, Ontario. He returned to Osceola and resumed the practice of his profession. Johnson was president of the State constitutional convention in 1875 and in 1885 died in Osceola. Interment was in Forest Hill Cemetery, Kansas City, Missouri.

Waldo Johnson was a nephew of Joseph Johnson, a U.S. Representative and Governor of Virginia.

See also


U.S. Senate
Preceded by
James Green
United States Senator (Class 3) from Missouri
Served alongside: Trusten Polk
Succeeded by
Robert Wilson
Confederate States Senate
Preceded by
Robert Peyton
Confederate States Senator (Class 2) from Missouri
Served alongside: John Clark, George Vest
Constituency abolished
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