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John Seward Johnson, I

Also Known As: "Seward Johnson", "J. Seward Johnson Sr."
Birthdate: (87)
Birthplace: New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
Death: Died in Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Wood Johnson, I and Evangeline Brewster Johnson
Husband of <private> Johnson (Piasecka)
Ex-husband of <private> Dill and <private> Underwood (Johnson)
Father of Mary Lea Richards; <private> Johnson; <private> Johnson; <private> Wold (Johnson); <private> Firestone (Johnson) and 2 others
Brother of Gen. Robert Wood Johnson and Evangeline Love Brewster Merrill
Half brother of Roberta Johnson

Occupation: Aviator, Businessman
Managed by: Private User
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Immediate Family

    • <private> Johnson (Piasecka)
    • <private> Dill
    • <private> Johnson
    • <private> Johnson
    • <private> Wold (Johnson)
    • <private> Firestone (Johnson)
    • <private> Underwood (Johnson)
    • <private> Duke (Johnson)
    • <private> Johnson

About J. Seward Johnson

An heir to the Johnson & Johnson fortune, John Seward Johnson I founded the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (HBOI), and was the grandfather of Jamie Johnson who directed the documentary Born Rich.

He was born on July 14, 1895 in New Brunswick, New Jersey to Robert Wood Johnson I and Evangeline Brewster Armstrong. He had three siblings: Roberta Johnson, Robert Wood Johnson II, and Evangeline Johnson.

Personal Life

With his Bermuda-born wife, Ruth Dill, sister of actress Diana Dill, he had four children.

In 1939, Johnson married Esther Underwood. They had two children: Jennifer Underwood Johnson and James Loring Johnson. The marriage lasted 32 years.

During his marriage to Underwood, he started a relationship with his Polish maid, Barbara Piasecka, whom he married in 1971. He signed his final will on April 14, 1983 and died in Fort Pierce, Florida one month later. In accordance with the terms of the will, Barbara Piasecka Johnson inherited his $402,824,971.59 fortune.

His six children from his first two marriages contested the will on the grounds that he was not mentally competent at the time he signed the will. They were already given money in trusts, but the legal battle ended with an out of court settlement in which the Johnson children received an additional $US 42.5 million to be divided among them. In addition, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution had contested the new will. HBOI eventually received $20 million in the settlement.

Johnson died on May 23, 1983 in Florida.

Source: Wikipedia

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J. Seward Johnson's Timeline

July 14, 1895
New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States
August 20, 1926
Age 31
New Brunswick,, New Jersey, USA
May 23, 1983
Age 87
Fort Pierce, St. Lucie County, Florida, United States