Born: April 21, 1856, near Medford, New Jersey.
Died: September 25, 1922, Norman, Oklahoma.
Buried: Evergreen Cemetery, Lumberton, New Jersey.
Johnson was the son of Johnson Oatman and Rachel Ann Cline, and husband of Wilhelmina R. Reid of Lumberton, New Jersey (married July 21, 1878).
He attended Herbert’s Academy in Vincentown, New Jersey, and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute in Bordentown.
He was ordained a Methodist Episcopal minister at age 19, but his pastoral work was confined to local churches, as he worked full time in the retail and insurance industries. He wrote lyrics for 5,000 Gospel songs.
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