Johnston, James H. (ca. 1807–1847)

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: February 1, 1995

James H. Johnston, planter and merchant, was born in North Carolina about 1807. He probably moved to Red River County, Texas, before the Texas Revolution. He was elected a delegate to the Convention of 1836 but did not attend; the Peach Point (Red River) officials had misunderstood how many delegates they were allowed. From 1838 to 1841 Johnston sold large quantities of provisions to the Texas army. In 1843 and 1844 he represented Red River County in the lower house of the Eighth Congress. After a lengthy illness he died at his home in Clarksville on January 15, 1847.

Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Cecil Harper, Jr., “Johnston, James H.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 1, 1995