George Johnson (1838-1911) lived in the Lower Horton/Grand Pre area in a house named "Ayrtondale". George may have attended Mount Allison University and he received an honourary doctorate from that University circa 1904. When George retired, he returned to Grand Pre to live in the family's home. Johnson's career was divided between journalism and the Federal government. A strong believer in Confederation, he was a friend and colleague of Sir John A. Macdonald. He is recognized as the first Dominion Statistician, appointed in 1887. He had held the positions of the Census Chief Officer for Nova Scotia for the 1881 census and the Editor of the Canada Year Book in 1886. Johnson was also the Statistician for the Department of Agriculture in 1887 and the Director of Census for 1891. George Johnson retired in 1904. The fonds consists primarily of professional papers for George Johnson in his capacity as Statistician in the Department of Agriculture but also as a newspaper correspondent. Few personal papers form part of the fonds. The digitized records consist of manuscripts ranging in dates between 1866 and 1911.