James Johnston (baseball owner)

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James M. Johnston
Born James Martin Johnston
(1895-12-08)December 8, 1895
Chapel Hill, North Carolina, U.S.
Died December 28, 1967(1967-12-28) (aged 72)
Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of North Carolina
University of Illinois
Occupation businessman, investment banker
Known for Owner/president of the Washington Senators from 1963 to 1967

James Martin Johnston (December 8, 1895 – December 28, 1967) was the co-owner of the Washington Senators of the American League with James Lemon from 1963 through 1967. In 1963, Johnston and Lemon purchased the franchise from Elwood Richard Quesada. His estate and James Lemon sold the team to a group of Minnesota buyers in 1967.[1]

Johnston, who attended UNC Chapel Hill from 1913 to 1915, posthumously set up one of the university's largest need-based scholarship funds, now known as the James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes.[2]

Johnston died in 1967 in Washington of cancer.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Minnesota group to buy Senators, paper reports". The Miami News. AP. 5 November 1968. p. 2C. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "James M. Johnston Trust for Charitable and Educational Purposes", The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 29 October 2011, retrieved 29 Oct 2011 [permanent dead link]
  3. ^ Bridgeport Post, Friday, December 29, 1967, Bridgeport, Connecticut
  4. ^ "Johnston, Nats Presidents, Dies", Harrisonburg Daily News Record, Friday, December 29, 1967, Harrisonburg, Virginia, United States of America

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