Lewis Preston Collins II
|Lewis Preston Collins II|
|26th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia|
January 16, 1946 – September 20, 1952
|Governor||William M. Tuck
John S. Battle
|Preceded by||William M. Tuck|
|Succeeded by||Allie E. S. Stephens|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates for Smyth County|
January 8, 1936 – January 9, 1946
|Preceded by||J. Tyler Frazier, Jr.|
|Succeeded by||Ralph L. Lincoln|
|Born||Lewis Preston Collins II
December 25, 1896
Lynchburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Died||September 20, 1952 (aged 55)
Wythe County, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Pauline Hull Staley|
|Alma mater||Washington & 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.
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.
- John T. Kneebone et al., eds., Dictionary of Virginia Biography (Richmond: The Library of Virginia, 1998- ), 3:379-381. ISBN 0-88490-206-4
William M. Tuck
|Lieutenant Governor of Virginia
Allie E. S. Stephens
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