William Johnston (congressman)

William Johnston (* 1819 in Ireland; † May 1, 1866 in Mansfield, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1863 and 1865 he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Even in his youth was William Johnston from his Irish home to Ohio, where he attended the public schools. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he worked 1859-1863 in Mansfield in his new profession. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1862 Johnston was in the eighth election district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel Shellabarger on March 4, 1863. Since he has not been confirmed in 1864, he was able to complete only one term in Congress during the Civil War until March 3, 1865. After his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Johnston practiced as a lawyer again. He died on 1 May 1866 in Mansfield, where he was also buried.