From Ohio History Central
Text replacement - "Ohio Historical Society" to "Ohio History Connection"
Johnston played an important political and social role in Ohio as well. He was a strong advocate of the Whig Party. In 1844, he was one of Ohio's delegates to the Whig Party national convention in Baltimore, Maryland. He delivered impassioned speeches in favor of Henry Clay, the Whig candidate, from Piqua to Baltimore. With his wife, Johnston formed the first Sunday school in Miami County. He helped found Kenyon College and also served on the board of trustees of Miami University. Johnston also published one of the earliest histories of the Native Americans that once called Ohio home. He died in 1861 in Washington, DC.</p>
Historical Society now maintains John Johnston's farm as a state memorial. In addition to Johnston's home, the Piqua Historical Area includes an American Indian museum and a reconstructed portion of the Miami and Erie Canal, complete with a replica mixed-cargo canal boat.</p>