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Johnston, Gabriel


1699–1752, colonial governor of North Carolina (1734–52). An efficient and popular Scot, he nevertheless had constant difficulties with the assembly over quitrents and other financial matters and several times dissolved that body. During his administration numerous land grants to immigrants were issued, free schools were established, and Wilmington was developed.

Johnston County was formed in 1746 from Craven. It was named in honor of Gabriel Johnston, Governor of North Carolina. It is in the eastern section of the state and is bounded by Wilson, Wayne, Sampson, Cumberland, Harnett, Wake and Nash counties.

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