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James Marion Johnston, Sr
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Birth: 1850
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 1920
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

The Evening Star Tuesday, March 2, 1920
J.M. Johnston Dies After Active Life
Prominent in Financial and Legal Circles and Aided in Charity
James Marion Johnston, seventy years of age, native Washingtonian and for years recognized as one of the most prominent figures in local financial circles, died suddenly at his residence, 1628 21st Street, yesterday. Heart trouble was the cause of death.

Funeral services will be held at the residence tomorrow at noon, Rev. Dr. Roland Cotton Smith of St. John's Church officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Johnston received his earlier education in Washington schools and in the Emerson Institute here. He entered Princeton at the completion of his course at the institute and was graduated in 1870, being valedictorian of his class.

On his return to Washington he launched his career in the profession of law, entering the firm of Judge Walter Cox. A few years later he became junior partner in the law firm of Hanna & Johnston, later leaving this firm to practice law with Calderon Carlisle.

Enters Riggs Firm
Shortly before the organization of the Riggs National Bank from Riggs & Co., Mr. Johnston entered the Riggs firm. Upon organization of the bank he became Vice President and remained in active service until 1903. He retained his directorship in the bank until three years ago, when he retired from all active banking work to devote his entire time to private affairs.

During the years he practiced law he was recognized as one of the most eminent attorneys of Washington, gaining hosts of friends through his business and social activities.

Long Aided Charity
For many years he has been interested in charitable work. He was for a long period a Director on the boards of the Children's Hospital and St. John's Orphanage. He also was Treasurer of the Louise Home and later President of the Board of Directors of that institution.

He was a member of the Delta Phi Fraternity.

Mr. Johnston was a son of Dr. William P. Johnston, one of the leading physicians of earlier Washington and was a brother of Dr. W.W. Johnston.

A son, James Marion Johnston Jr., a Director of the Riggs National Bank and two daughters, Mrs. Randoph [Sophy] Mason and Miss Eleanor [Dallas] Johnston, survive him.

He was a member of the Chevy Chase, Metropolitan and Cosmos Clubs here. 
Family links: 
  William Patrick Johnston (1811 - 1876)
  Mary Elizabeth Hooe Johnston (1815 - 1887)
  Sophy Carr Johnston (1857 - 1941)
  James Marion Johnston (1889 - 1981)*
  Sophia Stanton Johnston Mason (1891 - 1989)*
  Eleanor J Johnston Hall (1899 - 1981)*
  Mary Belle Johnston (1841 - 1926)*
  William Waring Johnston (1843 - 1902)*
  James Marion Johnston (1850 - 1920)
  George Woodruff Johnston (1858 - 1923)*
  Annie Cecilia Johnston (1861 - 1863)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Cemetery
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Chapel Valley, Lot 484.
Created by: SLGMSD
Record added: Oct 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 77809713
James Marion Johnston, Sr
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James Marion Johnston, Sr
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