William Preston Johnston (January 5, 1831 – July 16, 1899) lawyer, scholar, poet, and Confederate

Discussion in 'Biographies of the Great and Common.' started by 5fish, Nov 22, 2019.

  1. 5fish

    5fish Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    783
    Here I found this gentleman he just knew the who, who's of the South... from wiki...

    Snip... if you want a bio of Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston you now know there is one out there...

    William Preston Johnston (January 5, 1831 – July 16, 1899) was a lawyer, scholar, poet, and Confederate soldier. He was the son and biographer of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston. He was the president of Louisiana State University and the first president of Tulane University.

    Snip...

    During the American Civil War, Johnston served as an aide-de-camp to Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States. Johnston was a colonel in the Confederate Army. Johnston was captured with Jefferson Davis at Irwinville, Georgia, at the end of the war, and was imprisoned for several months at Fort Delaware.

    After the war (at the invitation of Robert E. Lee), he became a professor at Washington College in Virginia. In 1880, he became president of Louisiana State University, but resigned four years later to become the first president of the new Tulane University in 1884.

    Snip... He was a warrior poet ... after the war...

    Johnston wrote two books of poetry, My Garden Walk (1894) and Pictures of the Patriarchs and Other Poems (1895). He also wrote The Prototype of Hamlet and Other Shakespearean Problems (1890) as well as a biography of his father, The Life of General Albert Sidney Johnston (1878).

    Snip... He was a member of a historical society...

    Johnston was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society in 1893.[1]


    I found one of his books of poems...

    Here is a link to a book about his family history ... a successful family history...

    https://books.google.com/books?id=5...er and poet William Preston Johnston,&f=false
     
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2019
  2. 5fish

    5fish Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    783
  3. 5fish

    5fish Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    783
  4. 5fish

    5fish Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    839
    Likes Received:
    783
    Here is his grave...

    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7147306/william-preston-johnston

    William Preston Johnston
    BIRTH 5 Jan 1831
    Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
    DEATH 16 Jul 1899 (aged 68)
    Lexington, Lexington City, Virginia, USA
    BURIAL
    Cave Hill Cemetery
    Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA Show Map
    PLOT SECTION D Lot: 27- Grave: 6
    MEMORIAL ID 7147306 · View Source

    Find a grave bio:

    Civil War Confederate Army Officer. The son of Confederate General Albert Sidney Johnston, he graduate from Yale University in 1852, and the University of Louisville Law School in 1853. He racticed law in Louisville, until the outbreak of the Civil War, when he entered the Confederate Army. He served as Major of the 1st Kentucky (CSA)Infantry until the mustering out of that regiment. In May 1862 became and Aide-De-Camp with the rank of Colonel to Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy. He served in that position until the end of the war and was captured with President Davus near Irwinville, Georgia on May 10, 1865. Released after several months confinement in the Prison at Fort Delaware, he resided in Canada for nearly a year following his release before returning to his law practice in Louisville. In 1867 he was invited by Robert E. Lee, then president of Washington University in Lexington, Virginia to become a professor of history and English literature. He accepted and remained at what became Washington and Lee University until 1877. During that time he wrote a biography of his late father "Life of Albert Sidney Johnston" (1878). In 1880 he became president of Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, then in 1884 he became the first president of Tulane University in New Orleans. He was the author of several volumes of poetry and was a contributor to numerous periodicals. He died in 1899 at the home of his son-in-law, Henry Tucker in Lexington, Virginia.
     

Share This Page