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William Henry Johnson

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William Henry Johnson (b. c. 1895) was an African-American Baptist lay preacher and coal miner who achieved notoriety in 1956-'57 from international press coverage of his trial over a decade-long mail fraud scheme in which he posed as Adolf Hitler, claiming to have escaped Germany following the Second World War to an underground base in Kentucky, and sent out letters requesting support to re-establish the Nazi regime in America that managed to draw over $11,000 USD in donations, the bulk of it from G. A. Huber ($10K) and Charlie Brown ($1K) of Bristol, Virginia. Johnson was ultimately sentenced in 1957 to three years in federal prison over the scheme.

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