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Joseph Forney Johnston

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Joseph Forney Johnston, American senator.

Background

Johnston, Joseph Forney was born in 1843 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, United States. Son of Doctor William and Nancy (Forney) Johnston.

Education

Was attending high school when war broke out. Served in C.S.A., 1861-1865, private to captain. 4 times wounded.

Career

Practiced law at Selma, Alabama, 1866-1884. Lived at Birmingham, since 1884. President Alabama National Bank, 1884-1894.

Was 1st president Sloss Iron and Steel Company Governor of Alabama, 2 terms, 1896-1900. Unanimously elected United States senator, August, 1907, for unexpired term (1907-1909) of Edmund W. Pettus, deceased, and for term 1909-1915.

Connections

father:
Doctor William Johnston

mother:
Nancy (Forney) Johnston