Joseph E. Johnston, Jr. former senator, city and state attorney
It was 1948 and at the age of 26, Joseph E. Johnston, Jr.
already had a lifetime's worth of experience under his
Born in Sanford, Fla., at the age of 12 he
came back to Hernando County, the home of several generations of Johnstons including his
, Sr. World War II interrupted his
law studies at the University of Florida
served as a pilot before returning to Gainesville where he
schooling.Once again, he returned to Hernando County and was elected to the Florida Senate, serving from 1948 to 1952.He
also established his
Brooksville law practice in 1948.He would serve as Brooksville's city attorney, assistant state attorney, and the attorney for the Hernando County School Board.He also was founding member and attorney for the First National Bank of Brooksville, now part of Bank of America.Johnston
, whose son Joseph III is now Brooksville's mayor, is a charter member and past president of the Brooksville Rotary Club
and served as a counsel and board member of the First United Methodist Church of Brooksville
, 88, stopped practicing law four years ago.