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Preston, Francis, 1765-1835



  • Existence: 1765 - 1835

Biographical Note

Francis Preston was born on August 2, 1765 in Botetourt, Virginia. He was a trained lawyer who was elected for the Virginia State Senate in 1783. In 1793 he was elected to Congress, serving until 1797. After resuming his law practice for the years following, he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates from 1812-1814 and served as a Colonel of the Virginia Volunteers in the War of 1812, later being promoted to a Brigadier General of the U.S. Army. Preston continued to serve in the Virginia State Senate from 1816-1820. He died on May 26, 1836 in Columbia, South Carolina.

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Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Henry Edmundson Letters

Identifier: Ms-2010-085

The Henry Edmundson Letters contain nine letters, eight of which were written to Edmundson and one, the earliest of the letters, written by Edmundson in 1814 to General John Preston. The senders include William Ballard Preston; Francis H. Smith, superintendent of Virginia Military Institute (V.M.I.); Bernard Peyton; Isaac White; and Joseph Robert Woods.

Dates: 1814 - 1847

Francis Preston Receipt,

Identifier: Ms-2013-067

The collection includes a receipt issued to Francis Preston of an amount totaling 9 pounds paid to Robert McGee on behalf of Michael Drake in 1791.

Dates: 1791 - 1791

Smithfield Preston Foundation Papers

Identifier: Ms-1997-002

The Smithfield Preston Foundation Papers consist of 200 letters written almost exclusively by two generations of members of the Preston family of southwest Virginia, Kentucky, and South Carolina, to James and Sarah Preston McDowell of Rockbridge County, Virginia.

Dates: 1784-1881, n.d.