Full Name: John Arthur Johnson
Wife: Irene Johnson
Johnson won the heavyweight boxing championship from Tommy Burns on December 26,
1908 at Sydney, Australia.
According to this Associated Press obituary, Johnson had a cafe in Chicago in 1911 and
a year later, he was arrested and charged with violating the Mann Act. For his crime, he
was sentenced to a year and a day at Leavenworth.
On April 16, 1915, Johnson lost the title to Jess Willard in Havana, Cuba.
The Associated Press (6/11/46) reported that Johnson passed away on June 10, 1946 at
St. Agnes Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina after a car accident. The wreck occurred
near Franklinton when Johnson lost control of the automobile along a curve and
smashed into a telephone pole. Johnson was 68 years of age. Fred L. Scott, who was
also in the car, survived. Johnson was going to be buried in Chicago.
Research by Tim Hornbaker
November 14, 2010