On Joseph Forney Johnston

    "Many white Republicans and Populists voted him as an endorsement of him successful management of the State's affairs. The deficit of over $500,000 has practically disappeared and all claims are paid as they fall due. When the General Assembly convened last November, he sent in a message showing the increase of tax values to be $15,000,000, and the condition of the treasury such as to warrant an increase of public school appropriations to the extent of over $100,000 per annum."*

*Quote taken from The New South Volume 1, Number 2, March 1899.