Josiah S. Johnston

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Josiah Stoddard Johnston
United States Senator
from Louisiana
In office
January 15, 1824 – May 19, 1833
Preceded byJames Brown
Succeeded byAlexander Porter
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1821 – March 3, 1823
Preceded byThomas Butler
Succeeded byDistrict inactive
Personal details
Born(1784-11-24)November 24, 1784
Salisbury, Connecticut, U.S.
DiedMay 19, 1833(1833-05-19) (aged 48)
Red River, Louisiana, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic-Republican
SpouseEliza Sibley

Josiah Stoddard Johnston (November 24, 1784 – May 19, 1833) was a United States representative and Senator from Louisiana. Born in Salisbury, Connecticut, he moved with his father to Kentucky in 1788, and went to Connecticut to attend primary school. He graduated from Transylvania University (Lexington, Kentucky) in 1802, studied law, was admitted to the bar, and commenced practice in Alexandria, Louisiana (then the Territory of Orleans). He was a member of the Territorial legislature from 1805 to 1812 and during the War of 1812 raised and organized a regiment for the defense of New Orleans, but reached the city after the battle. He engaged in agricultural pursuits and was a State district judge from 1812 to 1821.

Johnston was elected to the Seventeenth Congress, serving from March 4, 1821, to March 3, 1823; he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1822 to the Eighteenth Congress. In 1824 he was appointed to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of James Brown; he elected to the Senate in 1825 and was reelected in 1831, serving from January 15, 1824, until his death, caused by an explosion on the steamboat Lioness, on the Red River in Louisiana, May 19, 1833. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Commerce (Nineteenth Congress); interment was in Rapides Cemetery, Pineville, Louisiana.


His half-brother, Albert Sidney Johnston, was a Confederate Army general during the American Civil War.[1] His son, J. Stoddard Johnston (1833–1913), a journalist and editor, also served during the War, eventually becoming Kentucky's Secretary of State.[2]

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  • United States Congress. "Josiah S. Johnston (id: J000194)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Louisiana's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
U.S. Senate
Preceded by U.S. senator (Class 3) from Louisiana
Served alongside: Henry Johnson, Dominique Bouligny, Edward Livingston, George A. Waggaman
Succeeded by