Francis Preston

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Francis Preston
Member of the Virginia Senate from Botetourt, Cabell, Giles, Grayson, Greenbrier, Kanawha, Lee, Mason Monroe, Montgomery, Russell, Scott, Tazewell, Washington and Wythe Counties
In office
Preceded by Henley Chapman
Succeeded by District abolished
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Washington County
In office
Alongside Reuben Bradley
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Montgomery County
In office
Alongside Daniel Trigg, Walter Crockett
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1793 – March 3, 1797
Preceded by Richard Bland Lee
Succeeded by Abram Trigg
Personal details
Born (1765-08-02)August 2, 1765
Greenfield, Virginia
Died May 26, 1835(1835-05-26) (aged 69)
Columbia, South Carolina
Resting place Seven Mile Ford, Virginia
Political party Anti-Administration until 1795
Other political
Democratic-Republican after 1795
Alma mater The College of William and Mary
Military service
Service/branch Virginia state militia
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars War of 1812

Francis Preston (August 2, 1765 – May 26, 1835) was an American lawyer and politician from Abingdon, Virginia. He was the son of Col. William Preston of Virginia, served in both houses of the state legislature, and represented Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1793 to 1797. Preston had a house built in Abingdon, now called the Martha Washington Inn. In 1795, while residing at Saltville, he constructed the Preston House.[1]

Preston was the father of Isaac Trimble Preston, William Campbell Preston, and John S. Preston and the uncle of William Ballard and William Preston.

Electoral history[edit]

  • 1793; Preston was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives defeating Abram Trigg.
  • 1795; Preston was re-elected unopposed.


  1. ^ Virginia Historic Landmarks Commission Staff (April 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory/Nomination: Preston House" (PDF). Virginia Department of Historic Resources. 

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard Bland Lee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Abram Trigg