Richard M. Johnson

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Richard M. Johnson
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9th Vice President of the United States
From: March 4, 1837 – March 4, 1841
President Martin Van Buren
Predecessor Martin Van Buren
Successor John Tyler
Former U.S. Senator from Kentucky
From: December 10, 1819 – March 3, 1829
Predecessor John J. Crittenden
Successor George M. Bibb
U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 13th and 5th Congressional District
From: March 4, 1829 – March 3, 1837
Predecessor Robert L. McHatton
Successor William W. Southgate
U.S. Representative from Kentucky's 4th and 3rd Congressional District
From: March 4, 1807 – March 3, 1819
Predecessor Thomas Sandford
Successor William Brown
Party Democrat
Spouse(s) Julia Chinn
Religion Baptist

Richard Mentor 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.

He was the first of the three Vice Presidents named Johnson (the other two are Andrew Johnson, and Lyndon B. Johnson.) [1]


  1. Fandex, Workman Publishing, 2002.