Richard M. Johnson
|Richard M. Johnson|
|9th Vice-President of the United States|
|Term of office|
March 4, 1837 - March 4, 1841
|President||Martin Van Buren|
|Preceded by||Martin Van Buren|
|Succeeded by||John Tyler|
|Born|| October 17, 1780 |
|Died|| November 19, 1850 (aged 70) |
Richard M. Johnson (1780- 1850) was Vice President of the United States from 1837 to 1841 under Martin Van Buren. In 1806, he represented Kentucky in the House, but left to fight in the War of 1812. He claimed to have killed the Indian chief Tecumseh at the Battle of Thames in 1813, engendering the slogan "Rumpsey Dumpsey, Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh." He returned to the House of Representatives and in 1819 was appointed to his seat in the Senate. He enjoyed a largely unremarkable term in as the Vice President.
- Fandex, Workman Publishing, 2002.