J. Stoddard Johnston Letters, 1891-1901

Descriptive Summary

Title
J. Stoddard Johnston Letters, 1891-1901
Creator
Johnson, J. Stoddard, 1833-1913
Extent
11 items, .5 c.f.
Subjects
Johnston, J. Stoddard (Josiah Stoddard), 1833-1913 -- Correspondence
Jones, May Viley -- Correspondence
Civic leaders -- Kentucky -- Jefferson County -- Correspondence
Johnston, J. Stoddard (Josiah Stoddard), 1833-1913 -- Family
Buchanan, John W.
McGarney, J. W.
Finding Aid Author
Staff
Repository
Kentucky Historical Society

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Josiah Stoddard Johnston, lawyer, journalist, and political figure was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Feb. 10, 1833. After the death of his parents, Johnston moved with his brothers to Kentucky to live with relatives. Upon receiving his law degree from Yale, he moved to Arkansas where he became a successful cotton farmer. He returned to Kentucky in 1859, settling in Scott County to farm. During the Civil War, Johnston became a distinguished officer in the Confederate Army. After the war, he returned to Arkansas to practice law. In 1867, he moved to Frankfort, Kentucky, where he became editor for the KENTUCKY YEOMAN. He helped establish the Kentucky Press Association and served as its president from 1870-1886. Johnston was selected as adjutant general of Kentucky in 1871 and later became the secretary of state. He moved to Louisville in 1889 and served as associate editor of the LOUISVILLE COURIER-JOURNAL from 1903 to 1908. He also wrote books on various Kentucky history topics and was president of the Filson Club from 1893 until his death in 1913.
Scope and Content
This collection consists of nine letters and two cards, dated 1891-1901, mainly written by J. Stoddard Johnston of Louisville, Kentucky. Most of the letters are addressed to May Viley Jones (Mrs. Paul Lansing) of Versailles, Kentucky, and discuss family and personal news. One letter, dated May 22, 1894, to Mrs. Lansing from J.W. McGarney is a political letter concerning organizing against Col. Breckinridge in favor of Mr. Owen. Also included is an 1895 letter/poem to John W. Buchanan by an unknown writer.
Arrangement: Chronological