PRESTON, Francis (1765-1835)

PRESTON, FRANCIS, (father of William Campbell Preston and uncle of William Ballard Preston and William Preston), a Representative from Virginia; born in Greenfield, Botetourt County, Va., August 2, 1765; was graduated from the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va., in 1783; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Montgomery and Washington Counties; member of the state house of delegates in 1788 and 1789; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Third Congress and reelected as a Republican to the Fourth Congress (March 4, 1793-March 3, 1797); declined to be a candidate for renomination; settled in Abingdon, Va., and resumed the practice of law; again a member of the state house of delegates 1812-1814; colonel of Volunteers in the War of 1812; served in the state senate 1816-1820; died at the home of his son, William C. Preston, in Columbia, S.C., May 26, 1835; interment in Aspinvale Cemetery, near Seven Mile Ford, Va.

College of William and Mary
Earl Gregg Swem Library
Williamsburg, VA
Papers: In Preston family papers, 1725-1831. 823 items.
Family correspondence. Description in library.


Filson Club Historical Society
Louisville, KY
Papers: ca. 1808-1835.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence in the Preston family-Davie collection, Preston family-Joyes collection, scattered among other collections, and in a miscellaneous category by themselves. Some copies of originals in other repositories and privately owned, including 16 letters to Major William Preston and a journal (88 pages). Also photograph of a painting. Finding aid in repository. Restricted.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In Campbell-Preston-Floyd family papers, 1741-1925. 18 containers.
Also on microfilm (7 reels).

Papers: In Preston family of Virginia papers, 1727-1929. 15 reels of microfilm.
Index and calendar. Originals in Virginia Historical Society and privately owned.


Virginia Historical Society
Richmond, VA
Papers: In Preston family papers, 1744-1938. 481 items.
Collection has been analyzed by repository.