Johns, Jay

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Jay Winston Johns, Jr. was a coal industrialist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who moved to Virginia and became a leader in preserving homes of renowned Virginians. He married Helen Lambert (1881-1964). Johns became blind in the late 1950's.

He and his wife owned "Ash Lawn," Albemarle County, Virginia which had been the home of James Monroe and designed by Thomas Jefferson. Johns was founder of the Lee-Jackson Memorial, Inc., a foundation dedicated to preserving the memory of Robert E. Lee, Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson and the South's part in the Civil War; and a founder of the Virginia Trust for Historic Preservation, an organization whose main purpose was that of purchasing, restoring, and maintaining for the public, homes of renowned men specifically, the Lee-Fendall House in Alexandria, Virginia.

Johns, himself was a strong Democrat and corresponded with and publicly supported all of the prominent Virginia political figures of his time. He was a spirited supporter of the Virginia Military Institute as a member of the Board of Visitors, and as an honorary member of the Alumni Association; a charter member, and later trustee of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts; and a member of the Virginia Chapter of the Society of the Cincinnati. He also received an honorary degree from the College of William and Mary in 1967.

From the guide to the Jay Johns Papers, 1918-1974., (Special Collections, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary)

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associatedWith Atlas Fuel Corporation (Pittsburgh, Pa.) corporateBody
associatedWith Brooks, Phillips, 1835-1893 person
associatedWith Byrd, Harry Flood, 1887-1966 person
associatedWith de Butts, Harry Ashby, 1895- person
associatedWith Gallatin, Albert, 1761-1849 person
associatedWith George Washington Parke Custis person
associatedWith Glass, Carter, 1858-1946 person
associatedWith Godwin, Mills E. (Mills Edwin), 1914- person
associatedWith Harrison, Albertis S. (Albertis Sydney), 1907- person
associatedWith Hill, Daniel Harvey, 1821-1889 person
associatedWith Jackson, Stonewall, 1824-1863 person
associatedWith Johns, Helen Lambert, 1881-1964 person
associatedWith Kilpatrick, James Jackson, 1920- person
associatedWith Lee, Francis Lightfoot, 1734-1797 person
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associatedWith Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 person
associatedWith Marshall, George C. (George Catlett), 1880-1959 person
associatedWith Monroe, James, 1758-1831 person
associatedWith Moses, Ezekial. person
associatedWith Thalhimer, Morton G. person
associatedWith Virginia Trust for Historic Preservation. corporateBody
associatedWith William M. (William Munford) Tuck. person
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