James Patton Preston

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James Patton Preston
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20th Governor of Virginia
In office
December 1, 1816 – December 1, 1819
Preceded by Wilson Cary Nicholas
Succeeded by Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.
Personal details
Born (1774-06-21)June 21, 1774
Montgomery, Virginia
Died May 4, 1843(1843-05-04) (aged 68)
Montgomery, Virginia, USA
Resting place Smithfield Plantation Cemetery
Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
Political party Democratic-Republican
Spouse(s) Ann Barraud Taylor
Alma mater College of William & Mary

James Patton Preston (June 21, 1774 – May 4, 1843) was a U.S. political figure. He was born at Smithfield Plantation, in what is now Blacksburg, Virginia and was the brother-in-law of John Floyd and the uncle of James McDowell and John Buchanan Floyd. His father was Colonel William Preston.

James Patton Preston was wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Farm in Ontario during the War of 1812. He served as the 20th Governor of Virginia between 1816 and 1819.

Preston County, West Virginia was formed in 1818 and named in Governor Preston's honor.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Wilson Cary Nicholas
Governor of Virginia
Succeeded by
Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.