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Johnson, Thomas (unknown–unknown)

Biography Entry

Thomas Johnson was editor of the Texian and Brazos Farmer at Washington-on-the-Brazos in 1842 and 1843. Because of his editorial support of Sam Houston's policy and administration, he was termed the president's ramrod and came to be called "Ramrod" Johnson. In November 1843 he renamed his paper the National Vindicator to reflect his attitude towards the Houston conflict with the Congress, Houston and Washington D. Miller being his secret assistants with his editorials. The paper was changed to the National Register on December 7, 1844, and operated as such until 1846. Johnson also published various proclamations and official notices for the government and in December 1844 was judge advocate for the court martial trial of Edwin Ward Moore. Whether or not he is the Thomas Johnson who was a second lieutenant in the First Infantry of the Texas army in 1841 is not certain. A man named Thomas Johnson was also nominated district attorney for the Third Judicial District in February 1844.

Mrs. Jonnie Lockhart Wallis, Sixty Years on the Brazos: The Life and Letters of Dr. John Washington Lockhart (1930; rpt., New York, 1966). Amelia W. Williams and Eugene C. Barker, eds., The Writings of Sam Houston, 1813–1863 (8 vols., Austin: University of Texas Press, 1938–43; rpt., Austin and New York: Pemberton Press, 1970). E. W. Winkler, ed., Secret Journals of the Senate, Republic of Texas (Austin, 1911). Telegraph and Texas Register, May 24, 1843.


  • Journalism
  • Agriculture
  • Politics and Government
  • Newspapers
  • Editors and Reporters

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Johnson, Thomas,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed August 03, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

September 1, 1995