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David Emmons JOHNSTON

(1845-1917)

JOHNSTON, David Emmons, a Representative from West Virginia; born near Pearisburg, Giles County, Va., April 10, 1845; attended the common schools; enlisted in the Confederate Army in April 1861 and served four years in the Seventh Virginia Regiment of Infantry, Kemper’s brigade of Pickett’s division; studied law; was admitted to the bar in Giles County, Va., in 1867 and commenced practice in Pearisburg, Va.; moved to Mercer County, W.Va., in 1870; prosecuting attorney 1872-1876; member of the State senate in 1878; resigned; judge of the ninth judicial circuit 1880-1888; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1899-March 3, 1901); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1900 to the Fifty-seventh Congress; moved to Portland, Oreg., in 1908 and resumed the practice of law; died in that city July 7, 1917; interment in Mount Scott Park Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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