James Patton Preston
|James Patton Preston|
|20th Governor of Virginia|
December 1, 1816 – December 1, 1819
|Preceded by||Wilson Cary Nicholas|
|Succeeded by||Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Montgomery County|
December 3, 1810 – November 30, 1812
|Preceded by||Thomas Goodson|
|Succeeded by||Thomas McHenry|
|Member of the Virginia House of Delegates|
|Born||June 21, 1774|
Smithfield Plantation, Colony of Virginia, British America
|Died||May 4, 1843 (aged 68)|
Smithfield Plantation, Virginia, U.S.
|Resting place||Smithfield Plantation Cemetery|
Blacksburg, Virginia, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Ann Barraud Taylor|
|Alma mater||College of William & Mary|
He joined the United States Army for the War of 1812, serving as Lieutenant Colonel and second in command of the 12th Infantry Regiment. He was promoted to Colonel of the 23rd Infantry Regiment in August 1813, and served until being seriously wounded at the Battle of Crysler's Farm in Ontario.
After the war Preston returned to the House of Delegates. He served as the 20th Governor of Virginia from 1816 to 1819, and his term was marked by the state's payment of more than $1.5 million in debt incurred to cover expenses during the War of 1812 and the establishment of the University of Virginia.
After leaving office, Preston served as Postmaster of Richmond before retiring to his estate.
He died at Smithfield Plantation on May 4, 1843 and was buried in the estate's cemetery.
His father was Colonel William Preston and his mother was Susanna Smith (1739–1823).
Preston was married to Ann Taylor (1778–1861), with whom he had three children. Their son William Ballard Preston served as a Member of the United States House of Representatives and United States Secretary of the Navy. During the American Civil War William B. Preston was a Senator in the Congress of the Confederate States.
- "William & Mary – Giles, Pleasants & Preston Halls". Wm.edu. Retrieved July 2, 2016.
- James Patton Preston at Find a Grave
- “Memoirs of Letitia Preston Floyd, written Feb. 22, 1843 to her son Benjamin Rush Floyd," by Letitia Preston Floyd, James Preston's sister.
- Archival Records
Wilson Cary Nicholas
| Governor of Virginia
Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr.
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