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Joseph Forney Johnston Letters

Identifier: MSS-2015

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This collection consists of four letters (two holograph and two typescripts) written on United States Senate stationery by Joseph Forney Johnston from March 26-April 8, 1910 to various people regarding his support of the Telepost Bill. The fifth letter (typescript) dated April 10, 1910, also written on United States Senate stationery, was written by his secretary, Thomas B. Stallings. This letter also states the Senator's support of the Telepost Bill.


  • 1910

Biographical/Historical note

Joseph Forney Johnston, son of Dr. William Johnston and Nancy Forney, was born in Lincoln County, North Carolina on March 23, 1843. He moved to Alabama in his teenage years and was attending a military high school in Talladega when the Civil War broke out. He enlisted in the 11th Alabama Infantry Regiment but was serving as captain of the 12th North Carolina Infantry at the close of the war. He was wounded in battles at Chicamauga, Spottsylvania, New Market and Petersburg. After the war he studied law under General W. H. Forney in Jacksonville, Alabama and was admitted to the bar in 1866. He moved to Selma, Alabama and practiced law there for seventeen years. He moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he became the president of the Sloss Iron and Steel Company in 1887. He served as governor of Alabama from 1896 until 1900. Then he was elected to the United States Senate in 1907 and served until his death on August 8, 1913 in Washington, DC.


0.1 Linear Feet (5 letters, 5 pages)

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Five letters (three holographs and two typescripts), written on United States Senate stationery, by Joseph Forney Johnston from March 26, 1910 to April 10, 1910, regarding his support of the Telepost Bill.



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Martha Bace, 2008
Guide to the Joseph Forney Johnston Letters
Martha Bace and Donnelly Lancaster Walton
January 23, 2009
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Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266