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The New International Encyclopædia/Johnson, Robert Underwood

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JOHNSON, Robert Underwood (1853—). An American poet and editor, born at Washington, D. C., January 12, 1853. He joined the staff of the Century Magazine in 1873 and became associate editor in 1881. He early became noted for his services in behalf of international copyright, as secretary of the American Copyright League doing much to secure the passage of the law of 1891, for which he was decorated by the French and Italian governments. His writings include much occasional verse and three volumes: The Winter Hare and Other Poems (1891), and Songs of Liberty and Other Poems (1897). With C. C. Buel he edited the well-known Century articles relating to the Civil War afterwards published as Battles and Leaders of the Civil War (1887-88) — one of the most valuable compilations dealing with the subject.