Tom L. Johnson was the Mayor of Cleveland from 1901-1909. Lincoln Steffens called him "The best mayor of the best-governed city in the United States."
Johnson earned his fortune as the inventor of a pay-box for trolleys. He invested in street railways in Indianapolis, Cleveland, and Detroit.
He was known as a great Progressive politician and was the Democratic nominee for Ohio Governor in 1903.
Though there is a well-known statue of Johnson on Cleveland's Public Square, this statue is near the back entrance of the Western Reserve Historical Society.