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F.L. Johnson Franklin Lewis Johnston
Full Name: Franklin Lewis "Frank" Johnston
Other surnames: Johnson
Date of birth: October 11, 1840
Date of death: July 12, 1897

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 2 Jan 9, 1883 - Jan 13, 1885 18th (1) (2)   Democrat Buena Vista / Shelby   Nacogdoches, Panola, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby
H 8 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (3) (4)   Democrat Buena Vista / Shelby   Panola, Shelby
H 2 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (5)   Democrat Buena Vista / Shelby   Nacogdoches, Panola, Sabine, San Augustine, Shelby

(1) Buena Vista, Shelby County, Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Eighteenth Legislature of Texas, 1883.
(2) 18th Legislature, Regular Session - All Senators except District 3 and 21 are listed in Roll Call as taking the oath of office, 1/9/1883, p. 2; resolution by Sen. Gooch that the Senators shall now be divided by lot into two classes, 1/10/1883, pp. 5-6; drew term of 2 years. Senate Journal. January 10, 1883 January 9, 1883
(3) District 9 - B.M. Baker, District 8 - F.L. Johnston, 1/14/1879, p. 5. House Journal.
(4) Bio states Baker represented Panola and Shelby counties [District 8] and F.L. Johnston represented Rusk, Panola, and Shelby counties [District 9]. Roster lists both Baker and Johnston as representing District 9. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(5) BUENA VISTA, TX (SHELBY COUNTY). "Buena Vista is near the junction of Farm roads 1645 and 2026, twelve miles northwest of Center in northwestern Shelby County. The community was originally called Bucksnort when it began to form in the early 1830s; it was renamed Buena Vista when it received a post office in 1848." Handbook of Texas Online.
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Biographical Sketches
  • JOHNSTON, FRANKLIN LEWIS (1840-1897). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, "An Early East Texas Legislator and His Kin," by Virginia Knobel Tschanz, great granddaughter of Franklin Lewis Johnston. Texas State Genealogical Society. Stirpes, Volume 38, Number 1, March 1998, pp. 3-12, crediting Texas State Genealogical Society. Franklin Lewis Johnston tombstone inscribed with birth date 10/11/1840, death date 7/12/1897, p. 7. Includes legislative service of allied families and Johnston's education, marriage to Margaret Dysart, legislative service, land investments, children, death and burial, and family tree. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
  • Biographical sketch, p. 254. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, Frank L. Johnston, p. 237. "Frank L. Johnston, of Center, Shelby county . . . " Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Other Resources
  • F.L. Johnston, Buena Vista, Shelby County. Card File.
  • "Shelby County in the Civil War." Franklin Lewis Johnston, Sergeant and Quartermaster Clerk, Amason's Co. H, 11th Infantry. Col. Robert's Regiment, Walker's Division. Enlisted 2/19/1862 in Shelby County. Died 7/12/1897. Buried: Johnston Cemetery, Tenaha, Shelby County. RootsWeb.com Internet genealogical service.
  • Johnston Cemetery, Shelby County, Texas. Died 7/1/1897. Name on marker, Franklin Lewis Johnson. Name on wife's marker, Margaret Johnston. Shelby County Historical Society Museum & Library, 2002.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. F.L. Johnson, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 18th session composite photo of Senate members (Senate chamber vestibule, east wall. 2E.V1). State Preservation Board.
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    18th R.S. - 1883
    Agricultural Affairs  
    Constitutional Amendments  
    Internal Improvements  
    Judicial Districts  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Penitentiaries (Chair) 
    Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on  
    Public Lands  
    Public Printing  
    16th R.S. - 1879
    Claims and Accounts  
    Division of Committee Rooms  
    Governor's Mansion, Select (Chair) 
    Judicial Districts, Select  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Land Frauds  
    Privileges and Elections  
    Public Debt (Chair) 
    Reduction of Expenses in Departments, Select  
    Revised Civil Code, Select  
    State Affairs  
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Internal Improvements  
    Judiciary No. 1  
    Military Affairs  
    Private Land Claims  

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