: Miniature painted portrait of a young man in a red jacket with brown hair. The painted oval portrait is encircled by a gold frame on a wooden mount and marked: "My Mother's Grandfather--John Johnston Piqua, Ohio." This portrait is believed to show John Johnston at the time of his wedding to Rachel (Robinson) Johnston, which took place on July 15, 1802.
John Johnston (sometimes spelled Johnson) was an Indian Agent in Ohio in the early years of the new state. He was born in 1775 in Ireland, and when he was a young child, his family immigrated to Pennsylvania. Johnston participated in Anthony Wayne's assault on American Indians living in the Northwest Territory during the early 1790s. President James Madison selected Johnston as the Indian Agent overseeing the native reservations in northwestern Ohio. He served in this position for more than thirty years until the 1840s, during which time his office was located in Piqua. Johnston played an important political and social role in Ohio as well; he was a strong advocate of the Whig Party, helped found Kenyon College and also served on the board of trustees of Miami University. With his wife, Johnston formed the first Sunday school in Miami County. He also published one of the earliest histories of the American Indian tribes that once called Ohio home. He died in 1861 in Washington, D.C. View on Ohio Memory.
: H73138_01 Subjects
: Johnston, John, 1775-1861; American Indians in Ohio; Education--Ohio; Ohio History--Settlement and Early Statehood; Weddings; Places
: Piqua (Ohio); Miami County (Ohio)