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David Wainwright Johnston, who in engaged in the practice of dentistry in New Haven, was born in Lakewood, New Jersey, September 16, 1866, a son of Alfred Johnston and a grandson of Luke Johnston, who were also natives of Lakewood and there resided for many years. Alfred Johnston wedded Julia Wainwright and both are now deceased. In their family were two sons and three daughters.

After attending the public schools in his native city Dr. Johnston spent five years as a preceptor in New Britain, Connecticut, but in the meantime became interested in dentistry and determined to enter upon the practice of the profession. To carry out his resolution he matriculated in the Philadelphia Dental College, from which he was graduated with the D. D. S. degree. Twenty-four years ago he located for practice at Branford, Connecticut, where he remained for four years and in 1S97 came to New Haven, where he has since maintained his office, doing excellent work in his profession. In fact he has attained far more than local distinction, as is indicated by the fact that he is an ex-president of the Connecticut State Dental Society as well as of the New Haven Dental Society. He was also a member of the state dental commission under appointment of Governor Cook, serving during that administration. At the present time he is an officer of the Northeastern Dental Society and he belongs also to the National Dental Society and the First District Dental Society of the state of New York. Throughout the years of his active connection with the profession he has kept in close touch with all that modern study and research have brought to light in relation to the care and preservation of the teeth and his ability has kept him in the front rank among the representatives of dentistry in New England.

On the 12th of November, 1896, in Branford, Connecticut. Dr. Johnston was married to Miss Eunice Alita Isabelle, and they have become parents of two sons and a daughter: Edward Wainwright, born December 8, 1896, in Branford, who after attending public and private schools of New Haven is now a pupil in the Choate preparatory school at Wallingford, Connecticut; Eunice Ethelyn, who is attending Gateway School; and Winston Harrison, who was born July 28, 1908, in New Haven, and is a student in Hamden Hall.

Dr. and Mrs. Johnston hold membership in the United Congregational church and he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, in which he is Knight Templar and Shriner. He belongs to the Delta Sigma Delta, a college fraternity, and is identified with the supreme chapter of the New York auxiliary. Along strictly social lines he has membership with the New Haven Country Club, the Lawn Club and the Madison County Club. His political allegiance is given to the republican party, and while without ambition for office, he keeps in touch with the trend of modern thought concerning all of the vital and significant problems which are before the country. He has, however, always concentrated his energies upon his professional duties and as an official in various dental societies he has ever advocated the highest standards in practice and has done much to bring the profession up to its present high plane in Connecticut.

Modern History of New Haven
Eastern New Haven County


Volume II

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