Johnston Cornish

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Johnston Cornish
Johnston Cornish (New Jersey Congressman).jpg
From 1895's History of Trenton, New Jersey: The Record of its Early Settlement and Corporate Progress.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
Preceded bySamuel Fowler (D)
Succeeded byMahlon Pitney (R)
Member of the New Jersey Senate
In office
Personal details
BornJune 13, 1858
Bethlehem Township, New Jersey, USA
DiedJune 26, 1920 (aged 62)
Washington, New Jersey, USA
Political partyDemocratic

Johnston Cornish (June 13, 1858 – June 26, 1920) was an American Democratic Party politician who represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the U.S. Representative from 1893 to 1895.


Born in Bethlehem Township, New Jersey, Cornish attended the common schools. He moved with his parents to Washington, New Jersey, in 1870. He was graduated from the Easton (Pennsylvania) Business College, and engaged in the manufacture of pianos and organs.

Cornish was elected Mayor of Washington, New Jersey, in 1884, and reelected in 1885 and 1886. He declined renomination in 1887 and in 1888. He served as member of the New Jersey Senate from 1891 to 1893.

Cornish was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress, serving in office from March 4, 1893 to March 3, 1895. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 and lost again in 1896. He accompanied William Jennings Bryan on his whistle stop tour through New Jersey, pausing in Washington on September 23, 1896.[1]

After leaving Congress, he was again a member of the New Jersey Senate from 1900 to 1902 and 1906 to 1911. He served as president of Cornish Piano in 1910. He served as member of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. He served as president of the First National Bank, Washington Water, and the Warren County Bankers' Association at the time of his death in Washington, New Jersey on June 26, 1920. He was interred in the Cornish family plot in Washington Cemetery.


  1. ^ Bryan, William J. (1896). The First Battle. A Story of the Campaign of 1896. Chicago: W. B. conkey Co. p. 479.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Samuel Fowler
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New Jersey's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1893–March 3, 1895
Succeeded by
Mahlon Pitney