William R. Johnston,
Among the leading lawyers of Switzerland County, we mention the name of Hon. W.R.
Johnston, who was born in Craig Township, April 16, 1842. His father, William Johnston, as
born in Culpepper County, Va.; his mother, Mary (Roberts) Johnston, in Maryland. They
moved to Indiana in 1820, and located in Craig Township, where he engaged in farming, and reared
his family of eleven children. In July, 1861, Mr. William R. Johnston enlisted in Company A,
Third Regiment Indiana Calvary as a private, and served three years under Col. Carter, in the
Army of the Potomac. After the close of his army experience, he read law under Robert M. Lamb,
and completed his preparation under Judge Carter. He was admitted to the bar November,
1864, and began the practice in 1867 with Judge Scott Carter, with whom he continued until
1869. He then conducted his practice alone till 1873, when he went to Indianapolis, and formed a
partnership with Hon. J.D. Works, which connection was servered in September of the same year.
He then returned to Vevay, and remained with Judge Carter up to 1880, at which time he
formed a partnership with Mr. F.M. Griffith. In March, 1884, he began an independent practice, which
he has since continued. Mr. Johnston was married, April 2, 1868, to Miss Zellie N. Hatch, who
was born in Vevay, August 17, 1844. They are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Johnston is
a quiet, unassuming gentleman, and has a fine practice, which his signal skill and strict
attention to his profession have won for him.