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Johnston Avery

Johnston Avery, American mining executive. Recipient Separk award editorial work, 1928, North Carolina Press Association award, 1930; decorated knight Order Vassa (Sweden, grand commander Order African Star (Liberia), Grand Band Wilmington North Carolina.


  • Avery, Johnston was born on May 12, 1901 in Morganton, North Carolina, United States. Son of Alphonso C. and Mary (Johnston) Avery.

  • Education

    • Student State University.N.Y., 1918-1919, University of North Carolina, 1919-1922, Columbia, 1922.


    • 1 daughter, Virginia. Reporter Greensboro (North Carolina) Daily News, 1923-1924. Editor Hickory (North Carolina) Daily Record, 1924-1928.

      Editor, public Lenoir (North Carolina) News-Topic, 1928-1932. Assistant to director United States Bureau Foreign and Domestic Commerce, 1933-1935. Special assistant United States Attorney General, Washington, 1935-1949.

      Assistant administrator United States Technology Cooperative Administration, Washington, 1949-1952. President Liberian American Swedish Minerals Company, Monrovia, Liberia, 1952-1970, director, 1952-1970. Director International African-American Corporation, New York City, 1952-1955.


    • Married Virginia Davenport Hall, June 6, 1925.
    • father: Alphonso C. Avery
    • mother: Mary (Johnston) Avery
    • spouse: Virginia Davenport Hall
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    Died October 1, 1970
    (aged 69)