The Honorable Frank M. Johnson, Jr. served with distinction as a federal judge in Montgomery. He was appointed as a district judge in 1955 by President Dwight Eisenhower. At that time, at age 37, he was the youngest federal judge in the country. Judge Johnson was a tremendous jurist who was instrumental in bringing about significant social and economic changes in this country. His distinguished career on the federal bench continued when President Jimmy Carter appointed the Winston County native to the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1979. Judge Johnson continued to serve on the federal bench until his death in 1995.
I can say without reservation that Judge Johnson helped make the promises of the Constitution a reality for all Americans. That is something, in my humble opinion, which made him a great man! Judge Johnson said when he was inducted in 1978 to the Academy of Achievement: “I wasn’t hired to be a moral judge or a preacher or an evangelist. I’m hired to apply the law.” I would encourage all of our readers – and especially those who weren’t around during the period between 1955 and 1975 – to do a little research and learn all you can about Judge Johnson’s distinguished career and his many significant contributions to making our nation’ a better place for all of us.
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