James Johnston

James Johnston (HM321)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
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Country: United States of America
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N 32° 4.496', W 81° 5.406'

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Georgia's First Newspaper Publisher & Printer

Here repose the remains of James Johnston (1738-1808) - - editor of Georgia's first newspaper.

A native of Scotland, Johnston settled at Savannah in 1761. "Recommended as a person regularly bred and well skilled in the Art and mystery of Printing," he was appointed public printer of the Province by legislative Act during the following year. The first issue of the GEORGIA GAZETTE appeared at Savannah on April 7, 1763, and with some interruptions publication continued until 1802.

In the American Revolution, Johnston sympathized with the Royal Government and, in his words, "refused to admit to his Paper any of the Seditious publications then circulating through the different Provinces." He closed his printing press in February, 1776. when British rule was restored in 1779 he returned to Savannah and resumed publication of the newspaper under the title, ROYAL GEORGIA GAZETTE.

A good man and a skilled printer, Johnston did not lose the respect of the Patriots. After the Revolution he was permitted to return. In 1783 he began publication again under the style, GAZETTE OF THE STATE OF GEORGIA. He died in his 70th year, October 4, 1808.
HM NumberHM321
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
Marker Number025-37
Year Placed1955
Placed ByGeorgia Historical Commission
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Date Added Sunday, August 31st, 2014 at 5:12pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491496 N 3548745
Decimal Degrees32.07493333, -81.09010000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.496', W 81° 5.406'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 29.76" N, 81° 5' 24.36" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 Abercorn St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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