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John Brown JOHNSTON

(1882-1960)

JOHNSTON, John Brown, a Representative from New York; born in Glasgow, Scotland, July 10, 1882; immigrated to America in 1886 with his parents, who settled in Brooklyn, N.Y.; attended the public schools in Long Island City and Brooklyn and the New York Law School; was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Brooklyn; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1919-March 3, 1921); was not a candidate for renomination; resumed the practice of his profession in New York City; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1924; elected a justice of the supreme court for the second district of New York and assumed his duties on January 1, 1928, and on January 1, 1935, was designated an associate justice of the appellate division and served until his retirement December 31, 1952; on January 1, 1953, was appointed an official referee of the supreme court and continued until July 4, 1955, and then assumed the office of State Administrator of the Judicial Conference of the State of New York until his death; died in Brooklyn, N.Y., January 11, 1960; interment in Green Wood Cemetery.

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

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