June 17, 1871, Jacksonville, Florida. Birth name: James William Johnson.
June 26, 1938, Wiscasset, Maine, during a heavy storm, when a train struck his car.
Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.
James was the son of James Johnson and Helen Louise Dillet, husband of Grace Nail, and brother of composer John Johnson.
He studied literature at Atlanta University (graduated 1894, MA 1904), and went on to become a song writer, anthologist, teacher, and lawyer. He was the first African-American to pass the bar in the state of Florida.
In 1906 he became the American consul in Puerto Cabello, Venezuela, and in 1909, consul in Corinto, Nicaragua.
In 1920, he was appointed Executive Secretary of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
His works include: