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Name: Tom Loftin Johnson                                                         
Born: 1854                                                                       
Died: 1911                                                                       
Johnson, Tom Loftin. Capitalist, politician. Born in Georgetown, Kentucky, 1854. 
Went to Indiana in boyhood, and was educated there. Clerk in street railway     
office, Louisville, KY, 1869-75. Invented several street railway devices; bought 
a street railway in Indianapolis; later acquired large street railway interests 
in Cleveland, Detroit, and Brooklyn. Was also iron manufacturer in Cleveland.   
Member of Congress, 1891-95. Prominent advocate of the "single-tax" theories of 
Henry George. He retired from business and devoted his entire time to taxation   
questions, municipal reform, and official duties. Mayor of Cleveland, 1901-10.   
Died 1911.