William Johnson

William Johnson (1771-1834) served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1804 to 1834.

Portrait

William Johnson

Albert Rosenthal, William Johnson, n.d., print: etching, United States Supreme Court: Portraits and Autographs, D'Angelo Law Library Rare Book Room, University of Chicago Library.

Signed by the artist, Albert Rosenthal.

Signature

William Johnson Signature Detail

Detail from William Johnson to Dr. David Hosack, 30 June 1823, United States Supreme Court: Portraits and Autographs, D'Angelo Law Library Rare Book Room, University of Chicago Library.

The Document

William Johnson to Dr. David Hosack, June 30, 1823, Front

William Johnson to Dr. David Hosack, 30 June 1823, United States Supreme Court: Portraits and Autographs, D'Angelo Law Library Rare Book Room, University of Chicago Library.

Transcription of the Letter:

Charleston June 30th 1823

My dear Sir

Permit me to introduce to your acquaintance my friend The Hon'ble Mr. Colcock one of our state judges.

Your friendly attention to him will confer a favour on

Your Sincere Friend

William Johnson

Dr. David Hosack

William Johnson to Dr. David Hosack, June 30, 1823, Back

William Johnson to Dr. David Hosack, 30 June 1823, United States Supreme Court: Portraits and Autographs, D'Angelo Law Library Rare Book Room, University of Chicago Library.

Transcription:

Dr. David Hosack

New York

Hon'ble Charles Jones Colcock

William Johnson to Dr. David Hosack, June 30, 1823, Back Detail

William Johnson to Dr. David Hosack, 30 June 1823, United States Supreme Court: Portraits and Autographs, D'Angelo Law Library Rare Book Room, University of Chicago Library.

Transcription:

at the Franklin House

About this Document

About Dr. David Hosack

At the time he received this letter, Dr. David Hosack was a New York physician, teacher, and botanist of great renown. He is known for his creation of the Elgin Botanic Garden in New York City, the first public botanic garden in the United States. But he is perhaps best known for having been the doctor requested by both Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr to attend their 1804 duel and who treated Hamilton after his fatal injuries. Dr. Hosack had also previously treated Hamilton's son Philip after his fatal duel in 1801.

For more about Dr. David Hosack, see:

  • Christine Chapman Robbins, David Hosack, Citizen of New York (Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society, 1964).
  • Alexander Eddy Hosack, A Memoir of the Late David Hosack (Philadelphia: Lindsay & Blakiston, 1861).
  • "David Hosack Collection," Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library, accessed July 15, 2019, https://rbsc.princeton.edu/collections/david-hosack-collection.
  • "Founders Online," National Historical Publications & Records Commission, U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, accessed July 12, 2019, https://founders.archives.gov/.
    • Contains letters to and from Dr. Hosack in the searchable papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James Madison (administered by the U.S National Archives and Records Administration).

About Charles Jones Colcock

Charles Jones Colcock was a judge on the South Carolina Court of Appeals and a member of a politically active family of cotton planters in South Carolina.

For more about Charles Jones Colcock, see:


About William Johnson

At the time that he wrote this letter, William Johnson was serving as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He was nominated for the position in 1804 by Thomas Jefferson, and served until his death in 1834.

Before his service on the Court, Johnson was an attorney in private practice, a South Carolina state representative, and a judge of the South Carolina Court of Common Pleas.

For more about William Johnson's life and career, see: