October 10, 1822, Salem, Massachusetts.
February 19, 1882, North Andover, Massachusetts.
Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem, Massachusetts.
Johnson attended Harvard University, where he graduated in Arts, 1842, and in theology, 1846. In 1853, he formed a Free Church in Lynn, Massachusetts, where he served as pastor until 1870. Though he was never directly connected with a religious denomination, the public associated Johnson with the Unitarians. With Samuel Longfellow, he co-edited:
- A Book of Hymns for Public and Private Devotion (Boston, Massachusetts: 1846)
- Supplement to the same
- Hymns of the Spirit, 1864
- Oriental Religions and Their Relation to Universal Religion (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin & Company, 1877)
- City of God, How Broad and Far
- Father, in Thy Mysterious Presence Kneeling
- Go, Preach the Gospel in My Name
- God of the Earnest Heart
- I Bless Thee, Lord, for Sorrows Sent
- Life of Ages, Richly Poured
- Lord, Once Our Faith in Man No Fear Could More
- O God, Thy Children Gathered Here
- Onward Christian, Through the Region
- Strong Souled Reformer, Whose Far Seeing Faith
- Thou Whose Glad Summer Yields
- Thy Servants’ Sandals, Lord, Are Wet
- To Light That Shines in Stars and Souls
- When from Jordan’s Gleaming Wave
- Will Divine That Woke a Waiting Time, The