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William Johnson

William Johnson

William Johnson arrived in the Colonies from Ireland to manage land in the Mohawk River valley near present-day Amsterdam, land granted to his uncle, Admiral Sir Peter Warren of the British Navy, in 1737.
Superintendent of Indian Affairs

William Johnson respected and worked with the American Indians to cultivate friendship and cooperation. Appointed Superintendent of Indian Affairs, he was tasked "...to treat & confer with them as often and upon such matters as he judges necessary for His Majesty's Service." He was adopted into the Mohawk tribe and given the name Warraghiyagey, which is translated as "A man who undertakes great things."

Commissioned a Major General in the British Army, William Johnson led an expedition against the French Fort St. Frederic (Crown Point) and decisively defeated French forces sent to intercept them at Lake George in 1755. He was awarded a baronetcy (one of only two colonials to be so honored) by King eorge II in recognition of this victory.
A man who undertakes great things.

Johnson Creek was named for Sir William Johnson when he camped near here on July 5th, 1759 with British troops commanded by Brigadier General John Prideaux. This was the final stop for the British army before landing at Four Mile Creek and beginning the seige of French Fort Niagara. Johnson was a man of many talents and one of the most important figures of the French and Indian War.

This scene of Fort Johnson, a fortified house along the Mohawk River, was the home and headquarters of Johnson during the French & Indian War. He later moved to his final home, Johnson Hall, in 1763. Both homes are preserved to this day.

When Brigadier General John Prideaux was killed during the seige, Johnson assumed command, even though not technically the next in command, and forced the French to surrender. This victory broke the French army's supply chain, contributing to the end of the war.

Born in Ireland, Johnson died at Johnson Hall, Johnstown, New York from a seizure after a two hour council in the hot sun with American Indians. Johnson is buried outside St. John's Episcopal Church, in Johnstown, New York.

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Updated: 8-4-2020