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Edward Ransom Johnstone


Edward Ransom Johnstone, Canadian humanitarian. Decorated Order of St. Sava of Serbia, 1920; awarded citation for distinguished service to agriculture, New Jersey State Board of Agriculture, 1940; voted Vineland’s outstanding citizen, 1939.


Johnstone, Edward Ransom was born on December 27, 1870 in Galt, Ontario, Canada. Son of William and Jane (Ransom) Johnstone.


Public schools, Cincinnati. Honorary Master of Science Princeton, 1923. Honorary Doctor of Letters, Rutgers, 1941.


Officer, Cincinnati House of Refuge (reformatory), 1889. Teacher public schools, Hamilton County and Cincinnati, 1889-1893. Teacher and principal Indiana School for Feeble Minded Youth, 1893-1898.

Assistant superintendent, 1898-1900, superintendent 1900-1922, executive director, 1922-1944. Director emeritus since 1944, Training School, Vineland, New Jersey With army Education Corps of American Expeditionary Force, during World War I. Consultant New Jersey State Department of Institutions and Agencies. Member American Commission to Serbia, 1919-1920.

Chairman of Commission on mental deficiency, White House Conference, 1930-1931.


Member American Association on Mental Deficiency (president 1902 and 1927), National Conference Social Work, New Jersey State Conference Social Welfare (president 1903), National Education Association, New Jersey Council of Education, American Prison Association, State Prison and Parole Board (president since 1927), New Jersey Crime Commission (Chairman of Commission on education, 1935), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Eugenics Research Association. Mason, Elk.; Club: Rotary.


Married Olive Lehmann, June 16, 1898. Children: Carol, Edward Lehmann, Earl Ransom, Douglas Davidson.

William Johnstone

Jane (Ransom) Johnstone

Olive Lehmann

Carol Johnstone

Edward Lehmann Johnstone

Earl Ransom Johnstone

Douglas Davidson Johnstone