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 (1780- 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, engendering the slogan "Rumpsey Dumpsey, Colonel Johnson killed Tecumseh." He returned to the House of Representatives and in 1819 was appointed to his seat in the Senate. He enjoyed a largely unremarkable term in as the Vice President.

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.