However history may judge him, Hiram Warren Johnson was always in character.
He was the last of the great isolationists.
He was the "Billiken with a Bellyache," fighting as often for progress and reforms as for "the good old days." No person,
cause or party ever fully controlled him.
This obstinate independence cost him his father's love and the support of liberals who once adored him. It also cost him the Presidency of the U.S.
California remembers him best as one of its great reform governors. To win that office (in 1910) he smashed the grip which the Southern Pacific had long held on...