Francis Preston

Francis Preston ( born August 2, 1765 in Greenfield, Botetourt County, Virginia, † May 26 1835 in Columbia, South Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1793 and 1797 he represented the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Francis Preston attended until 1783, the College of William & Mary. After a subsequent study of law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in this profession. At the same time he embarked on a political career. In 1788 and 1789 he sat in the House of Representatives of Virginia. He was an opponent of the federal government under President George Washington ( Anti- Administration Group ) and joined the end of the 1790s, founded by Thomas Jefferson Democratic-Republican Party.

In the congressional elections of 1792 Preston was selected in the fourth electoral district of Virginia in the time which meets even in Philadelphia U.S. House of Representatives, where he became the successor of Richard Bland Lee on March 4, 1793. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1797 two legislative sessions. In 1796 he gave up another candidacy. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives settled Francis Preston in Abingdon, where he practiced law. During the British -American War of 1812 he was a colonel of a volunteer unit. In the years 1812-1814 he was again at the House of Representatives from Virginia, from 1816 to 1820 he was a member of the State Senate.

Francis Preston died on 26 May 1835 in Columbia on the estate of his son, William C. Preston ( 1794-1860 ), who represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. Senate at this time. His nephew William B. Preston (1805-1862) and William Preston (1816-1887) were Congressman respectively.