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Cone Johnson papers, 1891-1930

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Creator: Johnson, Cone
Title: Cone Johnson papers
Dates: 1891-1930
Abstract: Cone Johnson was a lawyer, Texas state senator, and solicitor for the United States Department of State. This collection includes correspondence, Department of State papers, campaign materials, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings. Main topics include Johnson's unsuccessful campaigns against Joseph Weldon Bailey for delegate-at-large to the Democratic National Convention (1908) and against Oscar Branch Colquitt in the state gubernatorial race (1910); Johnson's work as legal advisor to William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State during Woodrow Wilson's administration (1914-1917); and Johnson's law practice in Tyler, Texas.
Accession No: Mss 0019
Extent: 2 boxes
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Cone Johnson, son of Samuel Caraway and Emily (Swilling) Johnson, was born on June 11, 1860, at Dawsonville, Georgia. He attended Emory College (Oxford, Georgia) and Peabody College (Nashville, Tennessee), where he received the B.A. degree in 1880. After graduation, he moved to Tyler, Texas, where he taught in the East Texas University for two years and read law in the office of Col. W. S. Herndon. In 1883 he was admitted to the bar and maintained an active law practice in Tyler for forty years. While a young lawyer, Johnson served successively as a state representative in 1886 and state senator from 1888 to 1892.

Quickly gaining a reputation as an excellent speaker and debater, Johnson first came to state-wide attention in 1887 when he was drafted as the “champion for the anti-prohibitionists.” It was during this period that Johnson first met and debated with Joseph Weldon Bailey in what was to become a long-lasting political feud.

Although Cone Johnson did not seek re-election to the state senate in 1892, he remained active in Texas politics. Johnson led the fight in 1908 against Joseph Weldon Bailey for delegate-at-large to the Democratic National Convention, and against Oscar Branch Colquitt in the gubernatorial conquest in 1910. Johnson lost both elections, but in 1912, as the delegate-at-large to the Democratic Convention at Baltimore, he won national recognition as leader of the “immortal forty” Texas delegates and is credited with swinging the Presidential nomination to Woodrow Wilson.

In 1914, the newly elected Wilson appointed Johnson solicitor in the Department of State in Washington. Johnson served as legal advisor to William Jennings Bryan during the latter’s tenure as Secretary of State. In the years prior to the entrance of the United States in World War I, Cone Johnson was credited with having done much toward stabilizing foreign policy. Johnson resigned from the Department of State in 1918 and returned to his law practice in Tyler. During World War I, Johnson was active in Liberty Loan and Red Cross work. In 1920, Johnson again served as delegate-at-large to the national convention in San Francisco, and was voted the chairman of the Texas delegation.

Johnson was appointed commissioner of the State Highway Department by Governor Moody in 1927. He held this position until his death on March 17, 1933.

Johnson was a Mason and frequently appeared in Methodist churches as a lay preacher. He married Miss Sophie Elizabeth Robertson of Salado, Texas on May 8, 1889. They had no children. After her death, Johnson married Ethel Hilton of Galveston.


Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Johnson,Cone" (accessed July 27, 2010).

"Cone Johnson, Texas Leader, Dies at Tyler." Dallas Morning News 18 March 1933, Section 1, P. 1.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Cone Johnson papers are divided into three series covering the last forty years of his life. The collection contains general correspondence, State Department files, and printed material regarding Johnson’s political career in the early 20th century. Some personal correspondence is also included. Main topics include Johnson's unsuccessful campaigns against Joseph Weldon Bailey for delegate-at-large to the Democratic National Convention (1908) and against Oscar Branch Colquitt in the state gubernatorial race (1910); Johnson's work as legal advisor to William Jennings Bryan, Secretary of State during Woodrow Wilson's administration (1914-1917); Johnson's law practice in Tyler, Texas; and his work as Texas State Highway Commissioner (1927-1933). Also included is correspondence regarding political events in Haiti, Mexico, and Texas in the 1910s. This collection provides insights into Johnson's personal life, Texas politics, prohibition, and U.S. foreign policy on the eve of World War I.

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: General correspondence, 1891-1930
Series 2: State Department files, 1913-1916
Series 3: Printed material, 1901-1928


Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

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Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Johnson, Cone, 1860-1933.
United States -- Dept. of State.
United States -- Foreign relations administration – Sources.
United States -- Politics and government -- 1913-1921 -- Sources.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1865-1950 -- Sources.
Politicians -- Texas.
Prohibition -- United States.
Bailey, Joseph W. (Joseph Weldon), 1863-1929.
Colquitt, Oscar Branch, 1861-1940.
Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924.
Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925.

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Cone Johnson collection, (Ag2002.1446x) [A collection of three prints: "The New Capitol of Texas," "Lee and his Generals," by W.J. Matthews, and two portraits of President Woodrow Wilson by Seymour Thomas.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Cone Johnson papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

The Johnson family donated Cone Johnson’s papers to Southern Methodist University circa 1944. Originally stored in the “Cage” of the Fondren Library at Southern Methodist University, the Cone Johnson Collection was transferred to the Fikes Hall of Special Collections and the DeGolyer Library on March 23, 1982. In addition, DeGolyer Library has an inventory of books from the Cone Johnson Library purchased by SMU under the direction of Dr. Umphrey Lee in 1944. This list is available upon request.

Processing Information

Talei Kolb and Dawn Letson, 1982. Finding aid revised by Cynthia Franco, 2010.

Encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: General correspondence, 1891-1930
1 box

This series contains documents regarding the life and career of Robert Anderson. Included are elementary school report cards, correspondence regarding the growth of the Meadows School of the Arts, medical condition information, and memorials.
Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence regarding Cone Johnson’s campaign for Democratic Convention, personal letters. [Undated]
2 1891: Letter from man seeking appointment as notary public. 1 item
3 March 20-24, 1908: Correspondence regarding political campaign for Democratic Convention, invitations to speak, and one from P.S. Banner, reporting slur against Johnson that he “had corrupted a lady.” 5 items
4 March 25-27, 1908: Primarily related to the campaign, invitations to speak, notes of the congratulations and reassurance. 11 items
5 March 28-31, 1908: Campaign correspondence; notes of apology for the actions of some Tyler people from President of Anti-Bailey Club; schedule for speeches; notes of congratulations. 9 items
6 April 1-2, 1908: Campaign correspondence; congratulations on speeches made; information sent to Mrs. Johnson; letter of appeal for help on convincing Johnson to speak; suggestions for speech pattern. 10 items
7 April 3-4, 1908: Campaign; interesting letter from Mrs. Johnson comparing the work of Johnson to that of Jesus; letter from German newspaper asking for Johnson’s view on prohibition. 10 items
8 April 5-6, 1908; Campaign; letter of thanks to Captain Smith from Mrs. Johnson; interesting letter re: Bailey’s speech against Johnson; invitation to speak. 8 items
9 April 7-8, 1908; Campaign; invitations to speak; suggestions by R.E. Ceowark to improve Johnson’s speeches; notes of congratulations; thank you note for newspaper article. 9 items
10 April 9-11, 1908: Campaign; invitations to speak; information on Bailey; personal letters. 7 items
11 April 12-13, 1908: Campaign; letters of reassurance; Letters to Mr. Johnson from Mrs. Johnson; interesting letter from Shaw to Johnson on denial of statement made by Johnson in speech; note of request to Mrs. Johnson for a photograph. 7 items
12 April 14, 1908: Campaign; Brook’s denunciation of Johnson; letter written by Johnson (using scripture to illustrate Brook’s use of scripture in speeches). 7 items
13 April 15-20, 1908: Related to the campaign; request from George B. Thompson to Johnson for his son to go to the Denver Convention; Nacogdoches reception; note on money borrowed by Bailey from various people; a letter telling Mrs. Johnson that Judge Duncan is not on the ticket; itinerary for speeches; letters to Mrs. Johnson. 13 items
14 April 22-31, 1908: Related to the campaign; outline of places and times for Johnson to speak; interesting (long) letter from Gordon Russell; note with circular used by Baileyites. 10 items
15 1912: General correspondence; telegrams to Mrs. Johnson from Mr. Johnson. 4 items
16 March 21-31, 1914: Letter of congratulations and wishes for success; letter from Johnson concerning the appointment of George H. Black as Post Master. 3 Items
17 April 7-14, 1914: Thank you notes; letter from Pat O’Keefe concerning the opening of Methodist University (Southern Methodist University); newspaper clipping concerning Johnson’s appointment. 11 items
18 April 14-23, 1914: Congratulations for appointment; letter referring to letter of induction from W.F. Andrews; letter concerning tobacco production in Haiti; request for appointment as Post Master; letter of apology from R.E. Bryan for inconvenience of typewriter. 10 items
19 April 23-25, 1914: Letter of introduction from Morris Sheppard; discussion of Mexico issue; Horace Chilton’s possible appointment as Circuit Judge; letter to William Hughes discussing possibility of raising cavalry regiment for the situation in Mexico. 7 items
20 May 1-12, 1914: Letter to Mrs. Johnson; Release of land and copy of agreement of the execution of a note; letters from various citizens; P.O. Beard discussing competition between Merrits and Davidson for some appointment; several letters regarding appointment of Horace Clinton; letter concerning various allusions to Mexican situation from Pat O’Keefe; letter concerning the race for governor between “Land” Jone and Mr. Ball; note of French Ambassador’s unofficial communication with French Charge in Mexico City; concerning the backing of Ball for governor. 10 items
21 May 15-25, 1914; Views of various people about prohibition; discussion re: activities of Senator Chilton; an interesting letter from O’Keefe; letter of reference for appointment; appointment of Davidson; political situation in Texas; Ysleta case; a letter concerning “title to Texas lands”; endorsement of postmastership at Abilene. 10 items
22 May 27-30, 1914: Letters of congratulations with post cards; the election of Ball as governor; political situation in Texas; and endorsement of candidacy for George W. Owens. 4 items
23 June 1-7, 1914: correspondence with Rev. W.F. Andrews, a Methodist minister in Tyler, discussing his work with the church and Texas politics; Johnson’s endorsement of a man for the Abilene post office; request from a friend for a government position; note from Tyler bank about Mrs. Johnson’s overdrawn account; request to make a speech for Col. Ball’s campaign; advisory letter from Pat O’Keefe, Dallas; letter to and from S.E. Gideon, Tyler school principal regarding appointment of W.R. Holsey; a letter demanding information on Judge Smith which Johnson refused to give. 10 items
24 June 8-13, 1914: Recognition of membership to the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry; attack on Walker W. Wick by Banco National crowd; pleasure trip to Virginia by Johnson; advisory letter from O’Keefe; letter of flattery from Woldert; Horace Vaughn asking advice of Johnson for a speech (speech attached); article and letter on Jesse F. Odom; voting for Garret for Congressman at Large; appointment of T.W. Davidson as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas; “Conquest of the Tropics”, by Frederick Upham Adams. 10 items
25 June 14-23, 1914: Protection of trees in front of John’s House and election of Jesse Oldham as County Judge; possible appointment of the son of Nat Gentry to U.S. Military Academy; Judge Garrett’s position in Washington; future appointment of W.C. Edwards as postmaster at Denton, Texas; letter of introduction for Frank H. Vedder; letter of introduction for Walter D. Hawk to Johnson; appointment of the son of Nat Gentry to U.S. Military Academy; a thank you letter for clipping sent to President concerning the recommendation of T.T. Cotnam for appointment to the position of Receiver for the State National Bank in Little Rock, Arkansas; Texas gubernatorial race, Tom Ball accomplishments; Texas gubernatorial race with reference to prohibition issue. 16 items
26 June 25-30, 1914: letters discuss Ferguson’s assault on ball and Crane (newspaper clipping included); political positions in Texas; James T. Kay’s wish for appointment as postmaster at Winona; Texas gubernatorial race with reference to the prohibition issue; Texas gubernatorial race. 7 items
27 July 2-6, 1914; State National Bank of Little Rock, Arkansas recommendation for the appointment of S.N. Adams as Postmaster in Crandall, Texas; income tax exemption; a position in Sweden that had been open for appointment; “case” from Mabel Phillips; a long letter written by Fred K. Nielson from the American Legation in Christiania (Oslo), Norway referring to an unidentified treaty and political situations in the State Department; a “rally” to do with Bailey, Johnson and others; Texas gubernatorial race. 12 items
28 July 6-9, 1914: Letter from Pat O’Keefe referring to the elections of the Governor (newspaper clipping included); thank you note for a speech made at Fort Bunker Hill, Brooklyn; William Edward letter (memorandum for Secretary Daniels attached); letters discussing a speech made by Ball in Bell Co.; post office appointments; note of appreciation to Ball for his hearty endorsement of the President; Ball’s receiving note of appreciation (telegram attached); Texas gubernatorial race. 16 items
29 July 10-16, 1914: Discussion of a statement made by Bryan for Ball; Mrs. B.F. Chambers request to be Postmistress for Bullard, Texas; several letters of reference Cadet Hemphill; elections for governor; a letter to the President suggesting Horace Chilton for appointment as successor to Justice Lurton; Chilton’s possible appointment; “copies of letters” to be sent to people in different precincts by Thomas B Lore (article referring to the Democratic National Administration) with discussion of State Democratic Convention to be held in El Paso; Texas gubernatorial race. 11 items
30 July 16-28, 1914: Chilton’s application as successor to Justice Lurton, including a letter signed by President Woodrow Wilson; a letter from a Tyler friend, B.M. Bees discussing Texas and national politics; application for the postmaster; discussion of Ball and Ferguson race for Texas governor with reference to prohibition, by Fred C. Pearce; a letter to William Jennings Bryan from Johnson discussing the resignation of Borchard as Assistant Solicitor and the standardization of prices and distribution of food staples. 12 items
31 August 3-26, 1914: Application for postmaster; Ferguson as governor; investigation into the selling of shares of stock in the Landreau Peru claims; a thank you note from Secretary to the President; Postmaster appointments for Winona; transfer of belligerent ships; cotton situation in Tyler. 8 items
32 September 3-22, 1914: A claim against the International and Great Northern Railroad for damage to a piano; invitation to speak; the purchase of a bail of cotton; a campaign for an election (invitation to speak attached); an endorsement of John H. Gaston as director of the Regional Bank of Dallas. 6 items
33 September 25-30, 1914: Bailey in Texas politics; application of Hampson Gary for diplomatic services; appointment of John F. Brown as Postmaster at Neches, Texas (statement attached); a letter to Epes discussing the volume of work at caused by the European War and Mexican situation and Johnson’s inability to locate a position for Epes; application for the postmaster appointment; From Johnson to General Crowder criticizing a Democratic Committee poster. 7 items
34 October 5-13, 1914: An itinerary for a series of meetings for Johnson; recommendation for the Postmaster at Green Forest, Arkansas; postmastership at Crandall, Texas; cotton situation; investigation to speak for New Jersey campaign. 6 items
35 November 4-14, 1914: Correspondence with Pat O’Keefe re: Texas politics, endorsement of Wilson for second term attached; a position for H.P.; political topics; shipment of grain to Rotterdam; long letter regarding copyrights and patents on tobacco; personal letter from sister; request for documents on acts of congress for a “club”, requests for appointment to a position in government; disagreement with possible appointment to Postmaster.
36 November 16-30 1914: Appointments of postmaster at Arp, Texas and Bullard, Texas; cotton issue (bankruptcy); Captain Harlee of Naval service; John Boon of the Marines; appointment of R.A. St. John should be recalled; the compensation of cotton owners and Waites cases; regarding money collected for the Hitt’s Mill Pond in which Johnson had an interest (listing receipts); postmaster at Commerce, Texas; unidentified petition. 11 items
37 December 1-5, 1914; Postmaster at Commerce, Texas; reinstatement of Charles D. Smith as carrier, examination for civil service commission; Postmaster position in Bryan, Texas; benefits for widow Frank Johnson (postmaster); papers of a contract; request for nomination for position in Bureau of investigation; postmaster at Commerce, Texas; postmaster at Ladonia. 10 items
38 December 9-24, 1914: December 9-24, 1914: Consular positions; Postmaster application at Sulphar, Oklahoma; G.S. Burgess and his conviction of robbery; letter of sympathy from Johnson; employment of Honorable Hampson Gary; postmaster application for Corpus Christi, Texas; telegram of thanks for assistance from Gary; letter of appreciation from Gary; Vital Themes for Thinking People (commentary attached); letter of introduction from White House for J.J. Haas. 10 items
39 December 24-29 1914: Telegram of best wishes for the season; postmastership at San Benito, Texas; Vessels carrying non-contraband materials and the x-raying of cotton to be shipped (newspaper clipping attached). 3 items
40 January 1-11, 1915: Application for postmaster at Denton; postmastership at Bullard, Texas; postmaster at Winona, Texas; request for postmaster position in Hillsboro with a discussion of Texas politics; securing “Field Work” in connection with the Bureau of Education; letter of introduction for Nash of Columbia Naval Stores Co.; endorsement for Crenshaw and Gov. Colquitt’s tirade against Wilson; Monopoly regarding tobacco issue; personal reply from friend (reply attached). 9 items
41 January 11, 1915: Request for letter of introduction to accompany business trip into northern Mexico (refused due to the dangerous conditions of Mexico); reply by Johnson to Colquitt’s criticism of the National Administration; stopping exportation of arms and ammunition and supplies to the Belligents (editorial attached); personal letter of congratulations to Johnson on his position; Colquitt’s political actions against Wilson Administration and mix up in Mexican affairs; from O’Keefe in reference to politics and Bailey (article attached); Colquitt’s attach on national administration; reply to Colquitt by Johnson in defense of the National Administration; money to be sent to American citizens in Egypt; Johnson’s counter attack on Colquitt’s attack; thank you note in reference to article on Colquitt from White House (signed by the secretary to the President). 10 items
42 January 19-25, 1915: Invitation to speak at Tokama Park and Johnson’s regrets; letter of appreciation to Johnson on his counterattack on Colquitt; request for “getting W. Edwards out”; a patent sum of $45.00 in reference to the patent; administration information on the debate; preparation of new book of instructions to the United States Marshals, attorneys, clerks and commissioners; request for information on whereabouts of man for whom Johnson gave a recommendation; recommendation of Ernest C. Mobley; an appointment for Assistant United States Attorney at Phoenix, Arizona; information on “Efficiency Expect” matter. 10 items
43 January 26-30, 1915: Discussion of international law regarding neutral cargo on enemy ship during war (Johnson wrote Senator Walsh); invitation to the National Democratic Club; appointment of Assistant United States Attorney at Phoenix, Arizona; inquiry for a position; examination for entrance into the Diplomatic Corps; invitation to speak at the banquet of the National Democratic Club (letter of acceptance included); discharge of William Edward; House Journal containing the Resolution endorsing the Administration; other political issues. 10 items
44 January 30, 1915: Oil situation at Tampico; marriage announcement of Edwin M. Borchard; general political issues; postmastership at Kilgore; fight in El Paso; postmastership at Winona, Texas. 6 items
45 February 1-9, 1915: Action to be taken by the Department of Justice; letter of appreciation from White House for speaking; address given by Johnson at the White House; transfer of merchant ships during the war; thank you note for hospitality and congratulations; postmaster at Itasca; attack of vessels in the British waters by Germans; a “matter” to be taken up with Phillips; H.P. Robertson to be a lawyer in Washington. 10 items
46 March 2-29, 1915: Speaking at banquet for National Democratic Club; certificate in lieu of lost or destroyed discharge certificate for Richard H. Edward; postmastership at Denison, Texas; release of William E. Perry from the naval services; interview with Johnson; other personal items. 7 items
47 April 1-24, 1915: Personal letters; land and rent in Tyler, Texas; inquiry for government position on Indian Reservation by J. Ross Bailey; thank you for farewell message; invitation to 172nd birthday of Thomas Jefferson celebrated by National Democratic Club; letter from Pat O’Keefe and newspaper article concerning trip to Tyler; “property” in Marshall, Texas; various political and personal letters. 10 items
48 April 24-30, 1915: Jefferson Banquet; young boy in navy; invitation to Alumni Reunion of George Peabody College for Teachers; National Democratic Club; recommendation for Edwards for position on Supreme Court; personal letter from Pat O’Keefe; increase in number of judges in the Supreme Court. 7 Items
49 May 3-18, 1915: Application for the appointment to the position of the Deputy Collector of the Internal Revenue; application for the discharge of B.H. Caldwell from service; personal correspondence; qualifications for the office of the director of the First National Bank of Mt. Pleasant for Mrs. Towler; lots of land; general politics; letter of regret on not being able to accept invitation; tobacco in Haiti. 10 items
50 May 19-29, 1915: Land lots in Tyler; referral to pay an insurance rate increase; membership to Southern Society of Washington; request for the transfer of Lieut. Col. A.I Lasseigne to Washington; discharge of Perry; leasing exclusive rights for manufacture and sale of tobacco in Haiti; filling of position for Chief justice of the Supreme Court; reply from William Edward asking his discharge be dropped. 10 items
51 June 4-30, 1915: Qualifications of Mrs. Towler for director of the bank; entrance of the son of H.R. Carwile to Annapolis Naval Academy; appointment of Postmaster at Denison; approval of the discharge of William Edward; claims of the Louisiana-Nicaragua Lumber Company regarding “some good sequestered in England”; cotton trade with other countries; letters opened by English Censor; acceptance of invitation to the Philadelphia Fourth of July celebration; returns on income; invitation to Old Settlers association for reunion. 12 items
52 July, 2-27, 1915: Decline of an invitation (invitation attached); thank you for letter of congratulations; papers concerning office of director of First National Bank of Mt. Pleasant; refers to Lusitania; cotton export to Great Britain; cotton situation and endorsement of young Harrison; deposition of Deputy Controller Thomas Kane. 10 items
53 August 2-17, 1915: Letters discuss: U.S. market for “field peas” from Britain; a bill prohibiting exportation of arms and ammunition from the United States; taxes; organization of a service for the correction of trade abuses; celebration of the Houston ship channel; general business. 10 items
54 August 18-31, 1915: Claim by William N. Richardson; lease of Burks-Walker Furniture company; crisis with German relations; invitation refusal for Democratic Banquet; investigation being conducted in Texas by Justice Department regarding negro “peonage”; personal correspondence from Pat O’Keefe discussing Texas politics; the cotton contraband, embargo on arms ammunition and food supplies. 10 items
55 September 2-7, 1915: Cotton and the contraband; personal correspondence (one to Governor Ferguson);dues to Tyler Chapter of Royal Arch Masons; letter of apology for not attending Old Settlers Reunion; letter regarding trade commission and trade abuse. 10 items
56 September 8-25, 1915: French police giving justice to an American; postmastership at Rising Star; Claim on damage of cargo done by railroad; other business and personal correspondence; travel arrangements. 11 items
57 October 2-28, 1915: Increase in Phenia’s salary; invitation to speak on the Democratic platform; claims on the International and Great Northern Railroad Company; objectionable postal card addressed to the Secretary of State; recommendation that Johnson enter the race for United States Senator. 12 items
58 November 5-30, 1915: Marriage of the President; position of attorney for the General Land Office; expansion of armed forces (preparedness); book “Diplomatic Protection”; bonds in Haiti; Postmaster appointment at Denison; other person and business correspondence. 8 items
59 December 1-13, 1915: Various political issues; Postmaster at Lufkin; Postmaster at Denison; racing dogs; invitation to speak; issue of preparedness; seizing or detention of war ships; Postmaster at Alvarado. 10 items
60 December 14-20, 1915: Preparedness; Postmastership at Wichita Falls; opposition to the appointment of Postmaster in Denison; endorsement of Mr. W.R. Bryant for special agent of the Department of State; cotton as contraband; general politics; letter of introduction. 10 items
61 December 21-31, 1915: Personal; various political issues; cotton; Postmaster at San Diego. 5 items
62 January 3-28, 1916: Application for Consular’s Service in Mexico; complaints by Norfolk Smelting Company; appointment of Consul to Tampico, Mexico; letter of introduction; appointment of United States Judge at Honolulu; case of C.L. Matthews; ‘interned vessels” being attached and sol for debts; general politics. 11 items
63 February 2, 1916: Selling of a lot; Consular at Tampico; Consular Service in Mexico; appointment of United States Attorney at Honolulu; Postmastership for Alvarado; appointment to the Supreme Court Bench; Sale of land. 10 items
64 February 2-9, 1916: Appointment for Consular in Mexico; a loan to Arlington Painting Co.; share of fees in Waits and Wadsack; massacre of American Citizens at Santa Ysable; general business and personal correspondence. 10 items
65 February 9-29, 1916: Letter from O’Keefe; appointment of Postmaster at Alvarado; taxes on fees received from Waits and Wadsack; a book on ships; request for a picture; general business. 8 items
66 March 2-16, 1916; Private (business and income tax); Cusi Mining Co.; letter of introduction; note from brother; massacre of American Citizens at Columbus, New Mexico, letter of introduction; applicant for United States District Judgeship; leave of absence pay for Judge Kagy. 10 items
67 March 18-31, 1916: Invitation to Norwegian National League; invitation to National Democratic Club; Johnson’s moving back to Tyler; business and personal. 9 items
68 April 6-17, 1916: Trip to New York; letter of acceptance of an invitation to the Norwegian National League; Jefferson D. Howell (qualifications for postal service); general personal and business correspondence; invitation to speak; publication of a magazine. 10 items.
69 April 17-26, 1916: Personal; peas and peanuts. 5 items
70 May 10-25, 1916: Unaccepted check; meeting of State Bar Association; messenger to carry votes of Texas to Washington; praise of C.B. Epes; appointment of Judge S.J. Isaacs to the position of United States Attorney; thank you note for speech made; Consular Service; Assistant Solicitor, personal. 10 items
71 May 26-29, 1916: Lenard G. Paulson’s service as a “Confederate” soldier; Pat O’Keefe’s wish to be messenger for the votes in Texas; W.V. Dunn’s support of Johnson in his campaign for governor; other personal and business correspondence. 6 items
72 June 2-16, 1916: Lenard G. Paulson’s taking an oath and its violation; employment in some criminal cases; stay of Secretary of State; letter of introduction; “endorsements for applicants”; Mr. Letcher, request for endorsement of S.A. Lendsey; Petties H. Hemphill’s failing to get a commission in the army; general politics.
73 June 20-30, 1916: Personal and Business correspondence; Johnson’s returning to Dallas to enter into the practice of law; law clerks and their salaries; commission of servicemen; the endorsement of a communication to Hon. Edward H. Pores; Senatorial race in Texas. 8 items
74 July 5-12, 1916: Mexican situation; endorsement; general business; Johnson’s appointment to the Executive Committee; discharge from the Navy; O’Keefe discussing general politics; appointment to Federal Farm Loan Board. 10 items
75 July 12-31, 1916: O’Keefe’s wish to be messenger to take the votes of Texas to Washington; private business; O’Keefe’s direction of voting; appointment of Argyle Cample to a higher Law Clerkship; letter of introduction; book “Great Speeches of Great Texans”; general business. 10 items
76 July 31, 1916: Discharge from the Navy; appointment (telegram); “proposed petition for certiorari”; appointment recommendation. 4 items
77 August 1-21, 1916: Assyrian family to be brought back to the United States; embargo upon exportation of arms and ammunition; appointment of a collector of customs for San Antonio district; contraband, a “petition”, general business. 10 items
78 August 22-25. 1916: Re: property in Mexico; recommendation for appointment; a “complaint” against the manner in which matters in Haiti are being handled; general business; Johnson’s resigning his post in Washington. 6 items
79 September 5-14, 1916: General business; a Syrian family; an editorial of the work in Congress; appointment of the United States attorney for the Northern District in Texas; Appointment of the temporary director of Farm Loan Bank; parole for Ms. Watts; postmastership appointment at Bonham; Federal Farm Loan Bank; elections, re: campaign speech in Missouri, Chicago (Illinois). 15 items
80 September 15-19, 1916: Campaign; appointment of Angus Wynne for Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; opening of the Lamar School of Law; the publication of an address given by Johnson; George D. Emery Company’s stand against the Government of Nicaragua; re: campaign in the mid-west, includes rough outline of Johnson’s views on points connected with the campaign. 11 items
81 September 20-30. 1916: Johnson’s return to Tyler; tuberculin testing of the stock; general business; postmastership at Georgetown; schedule for dates of speaking; Johnson’s speech schedule for the campaign; Johnson’s comments on the President’s foreign policies. 15 items
82 October 2-25, 1916: Johnson’s travel assignments; postmastership at Georgetown; successor to Judge Maxey; Dabey’s candidacy for railroad commissioner; recommendation for a $2,000 Law Clerkship; Johnson’s election to receive the Scottish Rite Degrees of Freemasonry; general politics; campaign schedule, “Deposits of government money. 18 items
83 October 25-31, 1916: General business; an article in the Providence Journal, “Bryan Appointee’s Blunder Revealed”; McGill for appointment to Federal Judgeship in New Mexico; successor to Judge Pope of the District of New Mexico; general politics; postmastership at Milano; telegram re: speech schedule. 11 items
84 November 2-18, 1916: General personal and political reference to the presidential elections; the Democratic Party; Presidential Campaign; successor of Judge Maxey; appointment of a Lieutenant in the Texas Militia (Sergeant J.B. Alston); address and photograph contributed to the Lamar School of Law; pension for a widow of a soldier. 10 items
85 November 20-25, 1916: Opinion rendered of solicitor’s office respecting the loss of citizenship by taking an oath of allegiance to a foreign government; general personal; Land in Lubbock; Circuit Judgeship in Sherman; general business. 7 items
86 November 27-28, 1916: General business and personal; Lubbock land; proposal by J.W. Adamson for Johnson to run for governor of Texas; Farm Loan Board; endorsement for a successor for United States District Attorney. 5 items
87 December 6-19, 1916: Acceptance of an invitation; income tax return; advance in salary; income tax law; location of an armor plate plant; personal)\; position in Federal Farm Loan bank; taxes for the New Birmingham School District. 10 items
88 December 19-27, 1916: Return to Tyler; governor of the Danish Islands; discharge of a serviceman; an oil painting; sale of land in San Angelo; location of an armor plate plant. 10 items.
89 December 27-31, 1916: Return to Tyler; personal; law clerkship of Mr. A. Campbell; conviction of Albert Day; general business. 6 items
90 January 3-8, 1917: Appointment recommendation; General; “s.4014”, (act attached); appointment for Commissioner for distribution of the Rio Grande waters; personal; appointments for the board of Directors of the Federal Land Bank of Houston. 10 items
91 January 12-20, 1917: The amendment of an act; case of Herndon versus Sloan; passenger ships not carrying cargo or arms. 6 items
92 February 7-8, 1917: Appointment of a Federal Judge in a “district”; discharge of a serviceman; appointment of a land appraiser and land inspector for Federal Farm Loan Bank of Houston; survivor of the steamship Russian; reply to an invitation to speak; recommendation for appointment of United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; general correspondence. 10 items.
93 February 8-12, 1917: Requests for appointments; Herndon vs. Sloan; Johnson’s presenting the President with his resignation. 10 items
94 February 12-16, 1917: Debtors to Santa Domingo; requests for appointments; general business; case, Herndon vs. Sloan; invitation to address Men’s Bible Class of the Christian Church. 10 items
95 February 16-23, 1917: Request for appointments; personal; discharge of a serviceman; invitation to the British Ambassador. 10 items
96 February 23-26, 1917: Resignation of Johnson; decline of the British Ambassador to all invitations; requests for appointments; suit against a “Saloon Man’.
97 1930: Letter from Governor Moody regarding convict labor on highways. 1 item

Series 2: State Department files, 1913-1916
2 boxes

The State Department papers include memorandums, reports, telegrams and correspondence dealing with the affairs of the State Department from 1914-1917, the time in which Cone Johnson served as a Solicitor. Correspondence regarding the Solicitor’s office also appears in the “Correspondence” record group, but is primarily those letters addressed to Cone Johnson personally. The bulk of the material in the State Department section appears to be carbon copies and rough drafts, not necessarily addressed originally to Cone Johnson.
Box Folder
1 98 1913 April 17. Copies of translation of a letter from Costa Rica Legation. 2 items
99 1914 Letters (generally copies), rough drafts of letters and attached reports regarding various State Department business including treatment of Kickapoo Indians residing in Mexico. Other Mexican business, (includes letter signed by Woodrow Wilson) El Salvador, the Spitsbergen Islands, the Dominican Republic blockade of Puerta Plata and protests against the British seizure of American goods on Ships whose country is sympathetic to Germany. 20 items
100 1915 Letters and copies of letters regarding foreign shipments, protests against cotton blockade by Great Britain. Also includes letters from Secretary of State Robert Lansing to Mrs. Johnson regarding her husband’s illness. 7 items
101 1916 Reports and letters regarding British blacklisting of American firms and interference with neutral trade; a letter from Cone Johnson to the President defending the breaking of the railroad strike. 10 items
102 Undated correspondence. 5 items
103 Memorandums. A variety of memorandums including various drafts (manuscript, typed, carbon) regarding State Department business, foreign service insurance of passports, conditions in Mexico and charges against General Ansen Mills, ca. 1914. 12 items
104 Haiti Convention. Includes outline of a draft for the convention between the U.S. and the Republic of Haiti. Also includes three letters and a printed document. One from President Woodrow Wilson explaining a few minor changes he made to the draft. 4 items
105 Nicaraguan Canal. Includes history and various documents pertaining to the canal treaty. 6 items
106 Miscellaneous speeches, newspaper clippings and perhaps drafts for newspaper articles. 7 items
Box Folder
2 1-9 Various campaign, patriotic and State Department speeches, including typescript and manuscript drafts. Most of the speeches are untitled and undated. 53 items.

Series 3: Printed material, 1901-1928
1 box

Box Folder
2 10-11 Unidentified notes, lists of books from the library of John Duncan, cartoons (pen drawings), etc. 17 items
12-14 Two addresses and the Causeless War.
Books: State of Texas Senate, Twenty-Second Legislature, The Democratic Text Book (Johnson’s personal copy, signed). Funeral notice of Mrs. Johnson (2 copies). Johnson’s view on prohibition.
Membership card for the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.
Wet or Dry (Printed address of Cone Johnson at Democratic meeting… March 13, 1928, 2 copies).
Speech of Hon. Henry F. Ashurst of Arizona 1914.
A Palace of the Past, with inscription to Cone Johnson.
In the Land of Thieves, “The Odyssey of an American Merchant”. 1911.
>Confederate Soldier, v. 1, 1901; v.1 2 and 3.
“The resignation of William Jennings Bryan” 1915, extract with note from F.M. Rose to Johnson, explain that Bryan wants Johnson to receive it.
Poem: “Who is Bailey Pa?” (2 copies).
Broadside re: Joseph W. Bailey.
Program, Independence Day 1915.
Confederate Daughter v.1, May 1915 (Mrs. Johnson).
“To the People of Tyler and Smith County” (Mrs. Cone Johnson. Provisional chairman. 3 copies).
Pan American financial conference, 1915 (pamphlet).
Certificate of Ownership, University Club of Washington, 1915.
Brief in support of petition for writ of Certiorari by Ben B. Cane and Cone Johnson, 1917.
Souvenir program, second inauguration of Woodrow Wilson.
Government document cession of the Danish West Indies, 1917.
Box Folder
2 15-23 Newsclippings: Political campaigns, the Sneed case, and personal matters.