Biography of Dr. George B. Johnston
Tazewell County, VA Biographies

Dr. George Ben Johnston was born in the town of Tazewell, then Jeffersonville, on July 25th, 1853, and died in Richmond, Virginia, December 20th, 1916. He was descended from hardy pioneers, who were prominent as daring soldiers and distinguished citizens—the Bowens, Prostons, Floyds, and Johnstons—and who helped to propare Southwest Virginia as an ideal home for American freemen. And he is recorded as the most noted professional man who was a native son of Tazewell. His great skill as a surgeon placed him In the front rank of his profession. He was so highly esteemed by his fellows that he was elected, without opposition, President of the “American Surgical Association,” the highest and most coveted honor to which an American surgeon can aspire. His devotion to Tazewell was so intense that he kept on the mantel of his private office a bottle of rich soil procured from the old Floyd estate in Burke’s Garden, which he told his friends was to be deposited in his grave when he was burled. I have been informed by his sister that his wishes were complied with,

History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia
By: Wm. C. Pendleton
W. C. Hill Printong Company
Richmond, Va. 1920

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