Born in Madison County, Arkansas, in a small house perched on a rocky hillside, G. W. Johnson grew up in Springdale, Arkansas and graduated from the University of Arkansas with a business degree and a major in accounting. He holds a CPA certificate issued by the state of Arkansas. He spent twenty-five years with a Fortune 500 company as the corporate controller and principle accounting officer.
Johnson has spent his retirement indulging in his love of history through reading and research. He is a member of the Washington County Historical Society, the Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society as well as the treasurer for the Scottish Society of Northwest Arkansas. He is an air force veteran of the Vietnam War era.
He has traced his Johnson ancestors back a thousand years in Scotland where they were named Johnstun, Johnstone and Johnston. His Johnstone ancestors were prominent raiders of the border between Scotland and England when they were called Border Reivers. He can trace his lineage back to Stevin de Johnston who occupied Caskieben Castle in the 1300s. Caskieben Castle is located approximately twenty miles west of Aberdeen. The family name was accidently changed to Johnson in the 1830s when his ancestors migrated from Tennessee and applied for land grants in Madison County, Arkansas
He enjoys his retired life with his wife of fifty-five years, Barbara, while restoring old vehicles, traveling and writing.