Lewis Preston Collins II

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Lewis Preston "Pat" Collins
26th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
In office
January 16, 1946 – September 20, 1952
Preceded by William M. Tuck
Succeeded by Allie E. S. Stephens
Personal details
Born December 25, 1896
Lynchburg, Virginia
Died September 20, 1952(1952-09-20) (aged 55)
Wythe County, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Pauline Hull Staley Collins
Alma mater Washington and Lee University
Profession lawyer, department store owner

Lewis Preston "Pat" Collins (December 25, 1896 – September 20, 1952) served as the 26th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia from 1946 to 1952. He was usually known as L. Preston Collins or Pat Collins.

Early life[edit]

Collins was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, and graduated from Washington and Lee University in 1920. He practiced law in Marion, Virginia. He also owned and operated a department store there.

Politics[edit]

In 1945 Collins narrowly lost the Democratic Party primary to select the candidate for lieutenant governor, but he and residents of Wise County challenged the outcome. They charged that there had been widespread voting irregularities in mail ballots and that the number of votes cast in two districts exceeded the number of people registered to vote four times over. On investigation, it was discovered that, among other irregularities, twenty-five of the twenty-seven poll books in the contested districts had disappeared. A judge disallowed the results in Wise County and declared Collins the winner of the nomination.

Collins easily won the general election in November 1945 and was re-elected in 1949. During his second term as lieutenant governor, he suffered a heart attack while he was being introduced as the speaker at the dedication of an elementary school near Austinville in Wythe County, and died.

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Political offices
Preceded by
William M. Tuck
Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
1946 – 1952
Succeeded by
Allie E. S. Stephens