Paul Burney Johnson, Jr. was born on 23 January 1916
in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He attended Columbia Military Academy
and distinguished himself as an outstanding student and athlete.
On graduation he entered University of Mississippi where he became
the first President of the Student Body as a sophomore. While
there he was named to the Ole Miss Hall of Fame, the Blue Key
Honor Society, and Omricon Delta Kappa Honor Society.
Johnson became a member of the Mississippi State Bar Association
in 1940. With the outbreak of World War II he enlisted in the
U.S. Marine Corps. There he rose from private to captain and
earned the Distinguished Service Medal.
Following the War, Johnson became Assistant U.S. Attorney
for the Southern District, Mississippi from 1948 to 1951. His
superb political record brought his election as Lieutenant Governor
of Mississippi in 1959.
In 1964 Paul B. Johnson was elected the 43rd Governor of the
State of Mississippi.