|Meanwhile, Mr. Touzalin, finding himself out of harmony with the President of the Santa Fe, Thomas Nickerson |
had resigned in 1874. Mr. Nickerson then appointed Col. A. S. Johnson, Acting Land Commissioner and in 1880,
Johnson was given the combined title of Land and Tax Commissioner.
Alexander S. Johnson was born in what is now Johnson County, Kansas, July 11, 1832. His father, Rev. Thomas Johnson, was a
Missionary to the Shawnee Indians. Alexander was educated in the Shawnee Mission School, completing his studies in a college in
Fayette, Missouri in 1851. He was then engaged for three years in the mercantile business in and about Kansas City. In 1854 he
left this business to become Deputy U. S. Surveyor, which work engaged him for several years. In 1855 he was elected to the
first Territorial Legislature of Kansas; in 1866 he served another term as State Representative from Johnson County. Shortly
after the Civil War began, Johnson organized a military company which was finally merged into the Thirteenth Kansas Militia, of
which he was appointed a Lieutenant-Colonel by then Governor Carney. He was under arms nearly four years. From 1866 to 1870
Col. Johnson was Land Commissioner of the Missouri River Fort Scott and Gulf Railroad. From 1870 to 1874, he was in the service
of the Santa Fe Land Department as a surveyor and appraiser; from 1874 to 1880 acting Land Commissioner; and from 1880 to
1890, Land and Tax Commissioner of the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. After retiring from the Atchison Topeka & Santa
Fe Railroad, Alexander S. Johnson lived in Topeka, Kansas until his death in 1904.