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Term: Johnson, Warren S. 1847 - 1911

Definition:

inventor; entrepreneur;  founded Johnson Controls, Inc., a Fortune 100 company based in Glendale, Wisconsin.  Johnson was born in Leicester, Vermont, on November 6, 1847. His family moved to Wisconsin in 1849 and lived in various locations; during his childhod, the Johnson family farm was located three miles west of Downsville, near the intersection of STH 72 and an unnamed town road.

A self-taught man, Johnson worked as a printer, a school principal in Menomonie, and as the New Lisbon Superintendent of Schools. In 1872-1873, Johnson, at the age of 25, was Dunn County Superintendent of Schools and a year later became Dunn County Surveyor, a position he held until 1875. In 1876 he became a professor at the State Normal School in Whitewater. While there, he developed a system of indoor temperature regulation that became the basis for the Johnson Electric Service Company (renamed Johnson Controls, Inc. in 1974), a business he founded with financier William Plankinton in Milwaukee in 1885. Johnson served as secretary, treasurer, general manager, and vice president of the company at varying times until 1901, when he was named president. 

During his lifetime, Johnson received over fifty patents, mostly in regard to temperature regulation. However, his inventions came in a wide variety of fields including storage batteries, tower clocks, wireless telegraphy, and automobiles.

Johnson died of Bright's disease on December 5, 1911, in Los Angeles, California, and is buried in the Lower Weston Cemetery, less than one mile from the former Johnson farm property near Downsville.

[Source: Johnson Controls Archives; personal communication from John Russell, Dunn Co. historian]

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Jackamonis, Ed G. 1939
Jackson, James Albert 1840 - 1921
Jackson, Joseph 1812 - 1881
Jackson, Jr., Robert L. 1936
Jackson, Mortimer Melville 1809 - 1889
Jacobs, Herbert Henry 1864 - 1948
Jacobs, William Henry 1831 - 1882
Jahnke, Franklin M. 1900
James, Ada Lois 1876 - 1952
James, Edwin, 1797-1861 
Janssen, Edward H. 1815 - 1877
Jaronitzky, June 1938
Jarreau, Al 1940 -
Jastrow, Joseph 1863 - 1944
Jauch, Robert 1945
Jefferson, Thomas (descendants in Wisconsin)
Jeffery, Thomas B. 1845 - 1910
Jenkins, James Graham 1834 - 1921
Jenkins, John James 1843 - 1911
Jens, Salome 1935 -
Jensen, Scott R. 1960
Jeskewitz, Suzanne 1942
Jewett, Milo Parker 1808 - 1882
Jews in Wisconsin
Jogues, Fr. Isaac, 1607-1646
Johnson, Alfred Stanley, jr. 1863 - 1932
Johnson, Burdette Jay 1826 - 1902
Johnson, Daniel Harris 1825 - 1900
Johnson, Gary K. 1939
Johnson, Jay W. 1943
Johnson, John Anders 1832 - 1901
Johnson, John, dates unverified
Johnson, Lawrence H. 1908
Johnson, Lester R. 1901
Johnson, Raymond C. 1936
Johnson, Robert I. 1928
Johnson, Samuel Curtis 1833 - 1919
Johnson, Warren S. 1847 - 1911
Johnson, William A. 1922
Johnsrud, Duwayne 1943
Johnston, Kirsten 1967 -
Johnston, Robert Alexander 1846 - 1907
Johnston, Robert G. 1957
Johnston, Rod
Joliet, Louis
Jolliet, Louis 1645 - 1700
Jonas, Charles 1840 - 1896
Jones, Benjamin 1795 - 1881
Jones, Burr W. 1846 - 1935
Jones, Chester Lloyd 1881 - 1941
Jones, George W. (1853 - 1935)
Jones, George Wallace 1804 - 1896
Jones, Granville Duane 1856 - 1924
Jones, James Monroe 1824 - 1898
Jones, Jenkin Lloyd 1843 - 1918
Jones, John Reynolds (1851 - 1928)
Jones, Joseph E. 1914
Jones, Lewis Ralph 1864 - 1945
Jones, Milo Cornelius 1849 - 1919
Jones, Nellie [Sawyer] Kedzie 1858 - 1956
Jones, William Arthur 1844 - 1912
Joss, Addie 1880 - 1911
Juday, Chancey 1871 - 1944
Judd, Truman H. 1817 - 1884
Juneau, Solomon 1793 - 1856
Jung, Phillip 1845 - 1911
Junkermann, Otto C.
Jussen, Edmund 1830-1891

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