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Robert Johnston Papers, 1964-2014

Robert Johnston Papers, 1964-2014

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Robert Johnston Papers, 1964-2014 UALR.MS.0082


UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
401 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, AR, 72201

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Creation: This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2016-01-05T13:20-0600

Repository: UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture
Title: Robert Johnston Papers, 1964-2014
Dates: Bulk, 1964-1980
Dates: 1964-2014
Quantity: 17.0 linear feet; 34 document boxes
Identification: UALR.MS.0082

Scope and Contents Note

Papers document Robert Johnston's 1972, 1974, 1976, and 1978 campaigns for representative in the Arkansas General Assembly, his activities as a state representative, and his involvement with the Quapaw Quarter Association. Materials include correspondence, bill, notes, newspaper clippings, mailing lists, financial records, minutes, survey sheets and forms, raw survey data, data analysis reports, photographs, and an oral history.

Biographical Note

Robert Edward Johnston was born in Little Rock on 1940 September 11 to Kathleen Conley and Ezekiel Bennet Johnston. After graduating from Pine Bluff High School in 1958, he attended Rice University where he was a three year football letterman in addition to playing freshman, intramural, and college basketball. During his tenure at Rice, he was named a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete and received the award in New York from President John F. Kennedy. Upon his graduation from Rice in 1963 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, he signed with the Dallas Cowboys. However, he had been drafted as a Second Lieutenant in ROTC and had applied for and received a Rhodes Scholarship so he did not pursue professional football. At Oxford University in England he earned both a bachelor's and a master's degree in Economics, Politics, and Philosophy. Once he returned from England, he began teaching at the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York and started work on his Ph.D. in Political Science and Economics at Columbia University. In 1970 he joined the Political Science department at UALR where he taught for thirteen years. He was elected to the Arkansas General Assembly in 1972 where he served as a Representative until 1981. In 1983, Governor Bill Clinton appointed Johnston as chair of the Arkansas Public Service Commission, which is tasked with regulating public utilities across the state. After leaving the position in 1989, Johnston worked as a national and international consultant, living and working in Ukraine, Armenia, Georgia, and Indonesia throughout the 1990s. From 1999 to 2002, he was the associate director for the Arkansas Department of Higher Education and has served as a consultant to the Southern Education Foundation since 2003. Johnston married Phyllis Finton Anderson in 1975 and the couple had one son, Jay Patrick Johnston born 1978 June 5, before divorcing in the early 1980s.

Arkansas--Politics and government--20th century
Johnston, Robert, 1940-


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Conditions Governing Use

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17-U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. The person using this material is liable for any infringement.

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Citation Notes

Bibliographic citation:

Robert Johnston Papers, 1964-2014, UALR.MS.0082. UALR Center for Arkansas History and Culture, Arkansas Studies Institute, Little Rock, AR.

Footnote or Endnote info:

Description of item, file number, box number, Robert Johnston Papers, 1964-2014, UALR.MS.0082.

Encoded by:

Sarah Bost, Archivist, University of Arkansas at Little Rock, 2014 February

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