Thomas D. Johnston

Thomas Dillard Johnston ( born April 1, 1840 in Waynesville, Haywood County, North Carolina, † June 22, 1902 in Asheville, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1885 and 1889 he represented the state of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Thomas Johnston attended the common schools and the Col. Stephen Lee's Preparatory School in Asheville. In 1858 he enrolled at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. This study, he broke off in the spring of 1859 for health reasons. Later he began studying law. During the Civil War he rose to become a captain in the army of the Confederacy. He was wounded several times. After his 1867 was admitted as a lawyer Johnston began to practice in Asheville in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1869 he was elected mayor of Asheville. In the years 1870-1874 he was a deputy in the House of Representatives from North Carolina; In 1876 he sat in the state Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1884 Johnston was in the ninth constituency of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Risden Tyler Bennett on March 4, 1885. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1889 two legislative sessions. In 1888 he was defeated by Republican Hamilton G. Ewart. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Thomas Johnston again worked as a lawyer. He died on June 22, 1902 in Asheville, where he was also buried. With his wife Leila (1849-1902) he had a daughter.