Preston, William, 1816-1887

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Lawyer, soldier, Kentucky Whig legislator and congressman; U.S. Minister to Spain, 1858-1860; Confederate general; and Confederate Minister to Mexico.

From the description of Letter, 12 Nov. 1858. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49299916

U.S. representative from Kentucky.

From the description of Autograph : Washington, 1852 Dec. 16. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270618973

U.S. representative of Kentucky, C.S.A. diplomat, and army officer.

From the description of Journal of William Preston, 1847-1848. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449790

Kentucky soldier, politician, and diplomat.

From the description of William Preston : miscellaneous papers, 1855-1876. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49300014

Lawyer, diplomat, politician, soldier.

Born in Jefferson County, Ky., William Preston returned from Harvard University to practice law in Louisville in 1840, attended the 1849 Kentucky constitutional convention, served in the state House of Representatives (1853-1855), and was minister to Spain (1858-1861). During the Civil War, he served as a Confederate officer and envoy to Mexico. In 1875 Preston, while a Lexington attorney, became chief agent for the Texas Association.

From the description of Texas Association notebook, 1873-1882. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 15606911

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Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862. Papers of Albert Sidney Johnston, 1792-1896. Library of Congress
referencedIn Davie, Preston, 1881-1967. Papers, 1750-1967 (bulk 1924-1966). Virginia Historical Society Library
referencedIn Wickliffe-Preston family. Wickliffe-Preston family papers, 1753-1897 1770-1887. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Todd family. Todd family : papers, 1786-1967. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Preston, William, 1816-1887. Autograph : Washington, 1852 Dec. 16. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Preston, William, 1816-1887. William Preston : miscellaneous papers, 1855-1876. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862. Albert Sidney Johnston : miscellaneous papers, 1831-1859. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Rogers Family 1832-1888 Papers. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Preston, William, 1816-1887. Texas Association notebook, 1873-1882. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946,. Letters to George Nicholas Sanders, 1842-1873. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Wigfall (Louis Trezevant) Papers 1934; 1935., 1839-1874 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Preston, William, 1816-1887. Letter, 12 Nov. 1858. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf Castleman, John Breckinridge, 1841-1918. John Breckinridge Castleman collection, 1854-1911. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Bullitt, Thomas W. (Thomas Walker), 1838-1910. Diary, 1862-1864. The Filson Historical Society
creatorOf McGovern, James Patrick. [Kentucky broadside collection]. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Frederick M. Dearborn collection of military and political Americana, Part II: The Civil War and the Confederacy, 1832-1915. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Filson Club. Filson Club lectures, 1887-1992. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Preston family. Preston family papers 1836-1888. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Preston, William, 1816-1887. Letter to W. H. Danforth [manuscript], 1876 January 26. University of Virginia. Library
referencedIn United States. Embassy (Spain). United States Embassy (Spain) records, 1859-1861. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Preston, William, 1816-1887. Journal of William Preston, 1847-1848. Library of Congress
referencedIn Yandell family. Yandell family papers, 1823-1877. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Yandell family. Yandell family added papers, 1837-1919. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Durrett, Reuben T. (Reuben Thomas), 1824-1913. Reuben T. Durrett added papers, 1883-1910. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Civil War collection. The Filson Historical Society
referencedIn Confederate officers photographs, 1861 - [1864?]. Alabama Department of Archives and History
referencedIn Scott family. Scott family papers, 1746-1962 1870-1915 (bulk dates). University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Rogers, John. John Rogers estate papers, 1834-1860. University of Kentucky Libraries
referencedIn Van Dorn, Earl, 1820-1863. Telegram : Jackson, Miss., to Brigadier General Preston, Abbeville, Miss., f 1862 June 25. Texas Christian University
referencedIn Wigfall, Louis Trezevant. Wigfall, Louis Trezevant Papers, 1833-1874 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Preston-Johnston family. Preston-Johnston family papers, 1755-1962 1825-1962. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Preston, William, 1816-1887. Letter : Louisville, Ky., to W.H. Danforth, Plymouth, Mass., 1876 January 26. University of Virginia. Library
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associatedWith Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875. person
associatedWith Bullitt, Thomas W. (Thomas Walker), 1838-1910. person
associatedWith Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866. person
associatedWith Castleman, John Breckinridge, 1841-1918. person
associatedWith Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873. person
associatedWith Clark, Meriwether Lewis, 1846-1899. person
associatedWith Danforth, W. H., person
associatedWith Davie, Preston, 1881-1967. person
associatedWith Dearborn, Frederick M. (Frederick Myers), b. 1876 person
associatedWith Durrett, Reuben T. (Reuben Thomas), 1824-1913. person
associatedWith Filson Club. corporateBody
associatedWith Hancock, George Washington, 1798-1875. person
associatedWith Hancock vs. Austin (1875) corporateBody
associatedWith Johnston, Albert Sidney, 1803-1862. person
associatedWith Johnston, J. Stoddard (Josiah Stoddard), 1833-1913. person
associatedWith Jones, John Glancy, 1811-1878. person
associatedWith Kirby-Smith, Edmund, 1824-1893. person
associatedWith Mercer, Charles F., 1778-1858. person
associatedWith O'Hara, Theodore, 1820-1867. person
associatedWith Preston family. family
associatedWith Preston-Johnston family. family
associatedWith Rogers, John. person
associatedWith Scott family. family
associatedWith St. John, Isaac Munroe, 1827-1880. person
associatedWith Texas Association. corporateBody
associatedWith Todd family. family
associatedWith United States. Embassy (Spain) corporateBody
associatedWith Van Dorn, Earl, 1820-1863. person
associatedWith Wickliffe-Preston family. family
associatedWith Wigfall, Louis T. (Louis Trezevant), 1816-1874 person
associatedWith Wigfall, Louis Trezevant person
associatedWith Yandell family. family
associatedWith Yandell family. family
Place Name Admin Code Country
Confederate States of America
Texas
United States
Kentucky
Kentucky
Kentucky
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Autographs
Land settlement
Autographs--Collectors and collecting
Reconstruction--Sources
Land claim associations
Land grants
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Sources
Occupation
Diplomats
Army officers
Lawyers
Diplomats--Confederate States of America
Politicians
Representatives, U.S. Congress--Kentucky
Soldiers
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Birth 1816-10-16

Death 1887-09-21

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