Robert Ward JohnsonRobert Ward Johnson (22 July 1814 - 26 July 1879) was a Democratic United States Senator and member of the United States House of Representatives from the State of Arkansas.
Johnson studied law and was admitted to the Arkansas bar in 1835. He was elected prosecuting attorney for Little Rock, Arkansas and served from 1840 to 1842 and effectively acted as the state's attorney. Johnson took up residence in Helena, Arkansas prior to the Civil War.
Johnson was elected to the Thirtieth, Thirty-first, and Thirty-second congresses. He was chairman on the Committee on Indian Affairs.
Johnson declined to run for reelection in 1852. He was appointed and later elected to the United States Senate to fill the unexpired term of Senator Solon Borland. He was reelected in 1855 and served until 3 March 1861.
After the war he practiced law in Washington, D.C and ran unsuccessfully for reelection to the Senate in 1878.
Robert Ward Johnson was the nephew of Vice President of the United States Richard Mentor Johnson and his brothers James Johnson and John Telemachus Johnson who were both US Representatives from Kentucky. Robert Ward Johnson was the brother-in-law of Senator Ambrose Hundley Sevier.