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Term: Johnson, John Anders 1832 - 1901

Definition:

businessman, manufacturer, philanthropist, b. Eck, Norway. He migrated to the U.S. and to Wisconsin with his family in 1844, settling on a farm near Whitewater. In 1852 the family moved to Pleasant Springs in Dane County. A Republican, Johnson was state assemblyman (1857), county clerk of Dane County (1861-1869), and state senator (1873-1874). He was president of Fuller & Johnson Co., manufacturers of farm machinery (1882-1901), and in 1889 established the Gisholt Machine Co. of Madison, which was named for one of his boyhood homes in Norway. He was president of this firm from 1889 until his death. Johnson also served as president of the National Association of Implement and Vehicle Manufacturers, and was a representative of that organization (1896) in a delegation of the National Association of Manufacturers to Brazil, Argentina, and Uraguay in the interest of greater international trade. Johnson introduced profit-sharing programs early in his business career. Noted for his philanthropic interests, he provided employee reading rooms at his plants, established a scholarship fund for Scandinavian students at the Univ. of Wisconsin (1875), and established Gisholt Home for the Aged in Dane County. His son, HOBART STANLEY JOHNSON, b. Madison, attended the Univ. of Wisconsin (1890-1893), and in 1897 became shop superintendent of the Gisholt Machine Co. During World War I, he supervised construction and operation of the Northwest Ordnance plant in Madison, which produced field guns for the U.S. army. He was president of Gisholt Machine Co. (1931-1940) and chairman of its board of directors from 1940 until his death. F. L. Holmes, et al., eds., Wis. (5 vols., Chicago, 1946); Madison Wis. State Journal, Nov. 26, 1901, May 28, 1942; Madison Capital Times, May 28, 1942.

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[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

68 records found

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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