HISTORY NEBRASKA MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID
RG2092.AM: William E. “Pussyfoot” Johnson, 1862-1945
New York and Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska: Prohibitionist
Size: One folder
Born in New York in 1862, William E. “Pussyfoot” Johnson spent his formative years as a rural school teacher in Dodge County, Nebraska, and as a student at the University of Nebraska. He also worked as a businessman in Lincoln, Nebraska, for a time. Johnson was active in journalism and public speaking as a student, and later worked for the Lincoln Daily News. Johnson, a staunch supporter of Prohibition, became widely known for his views on alcohol. In 1906, Johnson was appointed as a special U.S. Marshall in Oklahoma to suppress the illegal sale of liquor. It was here that he gained national renown and his colorful nickname, “Pussyfoot.” Johnson spent the rest of his career traveling the world and promoting temperance and prohibition. He eventually retired to Chenango County, New York, and died in 1945.
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE
This collection consists of one folder containing several documents relating to noted Prohibitionist, William E. “Pussyfoot” Johnson. Included in the collection are two typed transcripts of letters written by Johnson to T.F.A. Williams, describing various events in his life. Also included are two addresses of welcome presented to Johnson during his tours to promote Prohibition, and a memorandum written by Johnson relating to his experiences in Norway in 1925.
- Address of welcome signed by sixty citizens of Delhi, India, on the occasion of Johnson’s first visit to the city (see oversize)
Johnson, William Eugene (Pussyfoot), 1862-1945
Lincoln (Neb.) — History
Omaha (Neb.) — History