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Colonel John Johnston portrait
Description: Bust portrait of Johnston (1775-1861). Johnston was born in Ireland and emigrated to the United States at age 11. He participated in Anthony Wayne's assault on American Indians living in the Northwest Territory during the early 1790s. In 1802, President Thomas Jefferson appointed Johnston to be the Indian Agent at the trading agency in Fort Wayne, Indiana Territory. From 1811 until 1829, he served as the agent at the newly-established agency at Piqua, Ohio. Johnston helped negotiate the Treaty of Upper Sandusky in 1842, which resulted in the Wyandot Indians selling their land and moving west of the Mississippi River. Johnston played an important political and social role in Ohio as well. He was a strong advocate of the Whig Party. With his wife, Johnston formed the first Sunday school in Miami County. He helped found Kenyon College and also served on the board of trustees of Miami University. He published one of the earliest histories of the American Indians that once called Ohio home. View on Ohio Memory.
Image ID: SC2433_001_001
Subjects: Johnston, John, 1775-1861; American Indian history and society; Indian agents; Ohio History--Settlement and Early Statehood;
Places: Piqua (Ohio) ; Miami County (Ohio)