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George JOHNSTONE

(1846-1921)

JOHNSTONE, George, a Representative from South Carolina; born in Newberry, S.C., April 18, 1846; attended the common schools; entered the State Military Academy, from which he enlisted in the Confederate Army as a member of the battalion of State cadets and served until the close of the Civil War; attended the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1866-1869; returned to the United States; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Newberry, S.C.; declined a nomination to the State house of representatives in 1874; member of the State house of representatives 1877-1884; declined to be a candidate for reelection; member of the commission that revised the tax laws and suggested amendments to the State constitution in 1881; member of the State executive committee of the Democratic Party 1880-1884; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1893); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1892; resumed the practice of law in Newberry, S.C.; member of the State constitutional convention in 1895; died in Newberry, S.C., March 8, 1921; interment in Johnstone Cemetery.

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

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