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Gerald Johnson, distinguished journalist and author who died last year, listed Riverton in Scotland County as his birthplace. His great-great-grandmother, Catharine Campbell White, was the heroine of his novel BY REASON OF STRENGTH, and it was her dowry that bought most of the land now known as Riverton. Catharine was introduced to her future husband, Daniel White, through a Baptist evangelist. It was his calling to America that brought her from Scotland to North Carolina. Catharine lived for forty-two years after her husband's death, and helped establish the Richmond Temperance and Literary Society. She died on January 29, 1867 at the age of eighty.