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JOHNS, STEPHEN B. (?–1848?). Stephen B. Johns, legislator and teacher, was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and later taught at Johns Academy near Montgomery. He apparently moved to Texas sometime after the Texas Revolution and settled on land in what is now Bowie County, where he was issued a conditional teaching certificate on October 3, 1839. In 1844 he served as secretary of the board of trustees of DeKalb College in DeKalb. The same year he was elected representative from Bowie County to the Ninth Congress. He was widely regarded as an influential and active member of the House. He evidently died shortly after leaving office, as Clement R. Johns appears as the administrator of his estate on the 1848 Hays County tax roll.


Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

Cecil Harper, Jr.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Cecil Harper, Jr., "JOHNS, STEPHEN B.," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 30, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.