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Rienzi Melville Johnston (September 9, 1849–February 28, 1926, age 76) was an American newspaperman and Democratic Party politician from Houston, Texas. He headed the Houston Post for many years, and in 1913 served a month in the United States Senate when Governor Colquitt appointed him to complete the term of the deceased Senator Bailey.


  • Drummer, Confederate Army
  • Soldier, Confederate Army
  • 1878: Editor, Crockett Patron
  • Editor, Coriscana Observer
  • 1879: Founder, Independent
  • 1880: Correspondent, Austin Statesman/Austin American-Statesman
  • Political correspondent, Houston Post
  • Editor-in-chief, Houston Post
  • Vice President, Associated Press
  • early 1900s: Democratic National Committee
  • 1913: U.S. Senator
  • State Senator
  • Chairman, State Prison Commission

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