Preston, William C. (William Campbell), 1794-1860

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Dates:
Birth 1794-12-27
Death 1860-05-22

Biographical notes:

Lawyer and college adminstrator of South Carolina; member of S.C. House of Representatives, 1828-1834, and the U.S. Senate, 1833-1842; president of South Carolina College, Columbia, S.C., 1845-1851, and trustee, 1851-1857; an 1812 graduate of South Carolina College; studied law at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland; practiced law in Virginia and S.C.; formed law partnership with David J. McCord, 1832; founded the Columbia Antheneum; husband of Maria Coalter and Penelope Davis.

From the description of William C. Preston papers, 1817-1967. (University of South Carolina). WorldCat record id: 703653800

U.S. Senator from South Carolina, 1832-1845, and president of South Carolina College, 1845-1851.

From the description of Papers, 1837-1859. (Duke University Library). WorldCat record id: 20071654

U.S. senator of South Carolina, lawyer and college president.

From the description of William C. Preston family papers, 1779-1840. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449895

William Preston (ca. 1729-1783) held various county offices and militia offices. His sons were John Preston (1764-1827), who was a member of the Virginia General Assembly and treasurer of Virginia, and Francis Preston (1765-1836). Francis Preston was born in Botetourt County, graduated from the College of William and Mary and practiced law in Montgomery and Washington counties. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates and State Senate and served in Congress 1793-1797. His son was William Campbell Preston (1794-1860) who attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and South Carolina College (now University of South Carolina). He also studied law in Scotland and practiced in Virginia and later in South Carolina. He served in the South Carolina House of Representatives and in the United States Senate. William Campbell Preston was president of South Carolina College.

From the guide to the Preston Family Papers, 1755-1836, 1786-1815., (Special Collections, College of William and Mary)

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  • United States--History--War of 1812
  • Architecture, Domestic--Virginia
  • Carriage and wagon making
  • College presidents--Correspondence
  • Cherokee Indians--History
  • National Institute
  • Legislators--Correspondence
  • Applications for positions
  • Dueling--Virginia
  • Indians of North America--History--19th century
  • Geology
  • Tariff--United States--History
  • Universities and colleges
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • College of William and Mary--History--18th century
  • Slavery--Virginia--History--18th century
  • United States--Politics and Government--1789-1815
  • Virginia--Militia
  • College presidents
  • Wilkes Expedition
  • Smithsonian Building
  • Recommendations For Positions
  • Smithsonian Publications
  • Smithsonian Board Of Regents

Occupations:

  • Lawyers
  • College presidents
  • Senators, U.S. Congress--South Carolina

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • South Carolina (as recorded)
  • South Carolina--Columbia (as recorded)
  • South Carolina (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • South Carolina (as recorded)