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ARCHIBALD JOHNSTON

First mayor of the City of Bethlehem, was born at Phoenixville, Pa., May 30, 1865, a son of Joseph and Martha E. Stroman Johnston. He was graduated from Lehigh University with the class of 1889. He entered the employ of the Bethlehem Steel Company, physical testing department, in 1889 and later was in charge of the erection and operation of the gun forging plant, the first to be established in America. He later took charge of the erection and was superintendent of the armor plate department, also the first to be built in America. In the present world war the plant of the Bethlehem Steel Company is the government’s best asset. He was successively assistant general superintendent, general superintendent and since October, 1908, vice-president of the Bethlehem Steel Company; first vice-president of the Bethlehem Steel Corporation; second vice-president Juragua Iron Company; vice-president Bethlehem Steel Products Company; Bethlehem Iron Mines Company; director, Harlan & Hollingsworth Corporation; Samuel L. Moore and Sons Corporation: First National Bank, of Bethlehem; Trustee, Homeopathic State Hospital, Rittersville; Moravian College and Theological Seminary, of Bethlehem. Republican. Moravian. Member, Society Mechanical Engineers; American Institute of Mining Engineers; American Iron and Steel Institute; Iron and Steel Institute (Great Britain); Theta Delta Chi; Chairman, Bethlehem Bridge Commission, appointed by Public Service Commission in 1917. Member of Union League, University (Philadelphia), Metropolitan (Washington), Railroad (New York), Lehigh Country (Allentown), Northampton Country (Easton), and Bethlehem Clubs. Mayor Johnston is the central figure in the new administration, having been prominent in the various campaigns here since October, 1916. He consented to become a candidate for Mayor only when swamped with a petition signed by nearly 5,000 of the leading citizens of the community. He is a man of rare executive ability and has an inimitable way of doing business, producing results where others fail. On February 11, 1891, he married Estelle S. Borhek, of Bethlehem. In presiding over Council, Mayor Johnston uses a gavel and block which was taken by Commissioner A. W. Schmich from the original Gemein House, erected in 1742, being the second house in Bethlehem, still standing.

 


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