James A. Johnston

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jamesajohnstonJames A. Johnston was the first prison warden at the Alcatraz Island prison. He served until 1948, and although he was a strict and stern warden, he was generally liked by the inmates. He is also known as one of the first wardens to have shunned the types of corporal punishment that other administrators embraced and implemented. He died in 1954 at the age of 79 from an upper respiratory infection, and was survived by his wife and four children.