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Johnson, William Martin, 1904-1991


Biographical Note

William Martin Johnson was born to Ormond Watson and Minnie (Martin) Johnson on July 6, 1904. He graduated with B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1928 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He went on to work as a Civil Engineer for Wiley and Wilson, consulting engineers in Lynchburg, Virginia, eventually becoming chairman of the company board. He also wrote a book about the company, A history of Wiley & Wilson, Inc. : a professional organization since 1901 / a first person narrative history by William Martin Johnson ([s.i.]: W. M. Johnson, copyright 1986).

During World War II, Johnson served in the Construction unit of the Sanitary Corps from May 1943 until May 1946, rising to the rank of Captain.

Johnson died on December 8, 1991, and is buried alongside his family in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Lynchburg. He served at least 31 months in Mexico.

External sources:

Card for William Martin Johnson, Class of 1928 section, Box 5, V.P.I. Alumni Association World War II Alumni Cards, RG 29d, Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

William Martin Johnson death certificate in the Virginia, U.S., Death Records, 1912-2014,,, accessed April 22, 2024.

"William Martin Johnson",,, accessed April 22, 2024.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

William Martin Johnson Papers

Identifier: Ms-1982-017

The papers in this collection include both personal and professional correspondence, ranging from November 1932 to March 1977. Johnson wrote to representatives at Public Works, American Society of Civil Engineers, the Department of Architectural Engineering at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and the War Assets Administration, among others.

Dates: 1932 - 1977