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JOHNSTONE, Job, jurist, born in Fairfield county, South Carolina. 7 June. 1793; died in Newberry, South Carolina, 15 April, 1862. He was graduated at South Carolina college in 1810, studied medicine, and was licensed to practise; but, abandoning that profession for law, was admitted to the bar in 1818, and entered into partnership with John B. O'Neal in Newberry, South Carolina he was clerk of the state senate in 1826-'30, and at the latter date was elected chancellor, his colleague being Henry W. De Saussure. Mr. Johnstone did much to reform the then imperfect practice of the court in South Carolina, and it was said that during the twenty-one years of his administration no suitor ever lost either his rights or his estate through the real administration of the chancellor, he held office till 1859, when he became associate justice of the court of appeals. His decisions are in Hill's "Chancery Reports," Strobhart's "Equity," Cheves's "Equity," and McCord's "Chancery Reports."
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