Thomas Johnson

c. 1656-1693

Justice of the New York Supreme Court of Judicature, 1691-1693

Little is known of Thomas Johnson, Second Justice of the New York Supreme Court of Judicature. It is thought that he was born in England around 1656, and he may have been admitted to Gray’s Inn in 1672.

Records show that Johnson sailed from England with Governor Sloughter and arrived in New York on March 19, 1691. Almost immediately, Governor Sloughter appointed him to the special session of the Court of Oyer and Terminer convened to try Jacob Leisler on charges of treason. On March 27, Johnson was appointed to the Governor’s Council and on May 15, 1691, he was appointed Second Justice of the newly established New York Supreme Court of Judicature. He died on January 6, 1693.



Hamlin, Paul M., and Charles E. Baker. Supreme Court of Judicature of the Province of New York, 1691-1704. New York, 1959.


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