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Josiah Stoddard Johnston


A.B. Lipscomb, The Commercial History of the Southern States. Kentucky. Covering the Post-Bellum Period. ([Louisville, Kentucky]: Press of J.P. Morton and Co., 1903)

"Josiah Stoddard Johnston, a lawyer, journalist, and political figure, was born on February 10, 1833, in New Orleans, Louisiana. He moved to Kentucky, after the death of his parents, to live with relatives. In 1854, he received a law degree from Yale and set up his law practice in Arkansas. He returned to Kentucky in 1859 to farm. He joined the Confederate Army, in 1862, and became a distinguished soldier, rising to the rank of Lieutentant Colonel. After the war, he returned to Arkansas. Johnston came back to Kentucky in 1867, becoming the editor of the Kentucky Yeoman. He was elected to political office, serving as Secretary of State from 1875-1879. Johnston moved to Louisville in 1889 and worked as an editor for the Louisville Courier-Journal. In 1893, Johnston became president of the Filson Club, serving in this capacity until his death in 1913."

[Bio/History Note, OCLC database, J. Stoddard Johnston Papers, Kentucky Historical Society Library, Frankfurt, Kentucky]


"To a Marguerite" and "A Dream," in Fannie Porter Dickey (ed.), Blades o' Bluegrass: Choice Selections of Kentucky Poetry, Biographical Sketches and Portraits of Authors (Louisville, Kentucky: John P. Morton & Co., 1892) [online text]


J. Stoddard Johnston (ed), Memorial History of Louisville from its first settlement to the year 1896 (Chicago: American Biographical Pub. Co., 1896)

________________ (ed.), First Explorations of Kentucky: Doctor Thomas Walker's journal of an exploration of Kentucky in 1750, being the first record of a white man's visit to the interior of that territory, now first published entire, with notes and biographical sketch; also Colonel Christopher Gist's journal of a tour through Ohio and Kentucky in 1751, with notes and sketch (Louisville, Kentucky: J.P. Morton and Company, 1898) [online text]

________________, Kentucky ([Atlanta]: Confederate Pub. Co., 1899)

________________, General W.H. Lytle and His Famous Poem "I Am Dying, Egypt, Dying" ([Frankfort, Kentucky], 1913)

A.B. Lipscomb, The Commercial History of the Southern States covering the Post-bellum Period. Kentucky ([Louisville, Kentucky]: Press of J.P. Morton and Co., 1903)(historical resume of Kentucky by Johnston)

Research Resources

J. Stoddard Johnston Papers
Filson Historical Society
Louisville, Kentucky

J. Stoddard Johnston Papers
Kentucky Historical Society
Frankfort, Kentucky