Richard M. Johnson

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Richard M. Johnson
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9th Vice-President of the United States
Term of office
March 4, 1837 - March 4, 1841
Political party Democratic
President Martin Van Buren
Preceded by Martin Van Buren
Succeeded by John Tyler
Born October 17, 1780
Beargrass, Kentucky
Died November 19, 1850 (aged 70)
Frankfort, Kentucky
Religion Baptist

Richard M. Johnson (October 17, 1780 or 1781[a] – November 19, 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. This caused the slogan "Rumphsey Dumpsey, Colonal Johnson killed Tecumseh." He returned to the House of Representatives and later on to the Senate. 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.