J. Chester Johnson

J ohn Chester Johnson was born on September 28, 1944, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and grew up in Monticello, Drew County, Arkansas.

He attended Harvard College and earned d egrees in English and history from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. After graduation, Johnson moved back to Monticello to teach at an all-African American high school.

After moving to New York City, he began working at Moody's Investors Services and later at J. P. Morgan . In addition to his finance career, Johnson has become a prominent poet, best known for his poem "St. Paul's Chapel." He also worked with W. H. Auden on the retranslations of the Psalms for The Book of Common Prayer . In 2010, Johnson received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Arkansas.

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