May 21, 1893, Väse, Värmland, Sweden.

November 13, 1974, Miami, Florida.

Johnson’s family emigrated to America when he was 10 years old, settling in Hartford, Connecticut. He learned the craft of a printer, but at age 30 took up studies at North Park University, Chicago, Illinois, where he earned degrees at the academy, college, and seminary. He went on to graduate from the University of Chicago and Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. He started teaching English and Swedish at North Park in 1931, staying there three decades. He also found time to edit the Swedish Pioneer Historical Quarterly. His works include:

  1. God, My God, in Heaven Above
  2. How Beautiful, Serene and Grand
  3. How Wonderful It Is
  4. In Tenderness, Jesus, Enfold Me
  5. In Thy Temple Courts, O Father
  6. Joy Bells Are Ringing
  7. O Mighty God
  8. Praise the Lord with Joyful Song
  9. Quivering Chord Is Broken (1932)
  10. Savior in Thy Love Abiding
  11. Sing the Glad Carol of Jesus, Our Lord
  12. Springs of Grace Are Streaming
  13. Time Is as Swift as a Vanishing Dream
  14. With My Deepest Feeling