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JOHNSTON, James Steptoe, P. E. bishop, born in Church Hill, Jefferson County, Mississippi, 9 June, 1843. He was educated at the University of Virginia, left that institution to join the Confederate army, and fought through the civil war, becoming a lieutenant in General James E. B. Stuart's cavalry. He was admitted to the bar in 1868, but received holy orders in the following year, taking charge of St. James' church at Port Gibson, Mississippi, till 1876, and then for four years of the church of the Ascension, in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, after which he became rector of Trinity parish, Mobile, Alabama On 28 October, 1887, he was elected to the office of missionary bishop of western Texas, and on 6 January, 1888, he was consecrated in Mobile.
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