John B. Johnston

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John Brown Johnston
John Brown Johnston.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1919 – March 3, 1921
Preceded byJames P. Maher
Succeeded byArdolph Loges Kline
Personal details
BornJuly 10, 1882 (1882-07-10)
Glasgow, Scotland
DiedJanuary 11, 1960 (1960-01-12) (aged 77)
Brooklyn, New York
Citizenship United States
Political partyDemocratic Party
Alma materNew York Law School



John Brown Johnston (July 10, 1882 – January 11, 1960) was a Scottish American Democratic politician and a United States Representative from New York.


Born in Glasgow, Scotland, on July 10, 1882, Johnston immigrated to the United States in 1886 with his parents who settled in Brooklyn, New York. He attended the public schools in Long Island City and Brooklyn and the New York Law School. He was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of law in Brooklyn.


Elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth Congress for New York's fifth district, Johnston served as United States Representative from March 4, 1919 to March 3, 1921.[1] He was not a candidate for renomination, and resumed the practice of his profession in New York City.

Johnston was a delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1920 and 1924. Elected a justice of the Appellate Division of the New York Supreme Court for the second district, he 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 on December 31, 1952. On January 1, 1953, he was appointed an official referee of the supreme court and continued until July 4, 1955. Then he assumed the office of State Administrator of the Judicial Conference of the State of New York until his death.[2]


Johnston died in Brooklyn, New York on January 11, 1960 (age 77 years, 185 days). He is interred at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York.[3]


  1. ^ "John B. Johnston". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  2. ^ "John B. Johnston". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 25 July 2013.
  3. ^ "John B. Johnston". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 25 July 2013.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
James P. Maher
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1919 – March 4, 1921
Succeeded by
Ardolph Loges Kline