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JOHNSTON, John, pioneer, born near Giant's Causeway, Ireland, in 1763; died in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, in 1834. He emigrated to the United States in 1789, and, after many adventures in the northwest and Canada, settled about 1794 in Sault Salute Marie, Michigan, where he was a frontier merchant for more than forty years, and established a small centre of civilization in the midst of the savages. His wife, an Indian woman, was noted for her hospitality and upright character, and is described by General Lewis Cass as "the friend and benefactor of the Americans." The eldest daughter of this marriage was sent to Europe to be educated, and afterward married Henry R. Schoolcraft, the historian of the Indians. In the war of 1812 Johnston lost his property through the ravages of the American soldiers, but, revisiting Ireland, he sold his estate, returned to Sault Salute Marie, and re-established his business. He did much to preserve Indian traditions.
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