Richard Malcolm Johnston (1822-1898), was born on March 8th in Powelton, Georgia. He attended Mercer University in Penfield, graduating in 1841. He then worked as a teacher and a lawyer. From 1841 until 1857 he was a law partner of Linton Stephens. In 1857 he accepted a professorship at the University of Georgia, a position he held until 1862. Johnston then founded Rockby, a select boarding school for boys in Hancock County. After the end of the Civil War, he moved to Baltimore, Maryland, where he remained until his death. In addition to his work as a teacher and a lawyer, Johnston was also a writer. He published four novels and six collections of stories.
From the description of Francis Taylor Long collection on Richard Malcolm Johnston, 1838-1970. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 157010733