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Johnston Avery

mining executive

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.


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.

Alphonso C. Avery

Mary (Johnston) Avery

Virginia Davenport Hall