Preston Davie

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Preston Davie
Born (1881-01-31)31 January 1881
Died 21 May 1967(1967-05-21) (aged 86)
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Occupation Lawyer
Military career
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Rank Colonel
Battles/wars World War I
Awards Distinguished Service Medal (U.S. Army)

Preston Davie' (31 January 1881 – 21 May 1967) was an American lawyer and colonel during World War I. Davie won a Distinguished Service Medal for his efforts. Upon completing military service, he graduated from Harvard Law School.

A descendant of William Richardson Davie, he amassed a large collection of historical documents over the course of his life, pertaining to the early settling of the United States. These include The Preston Davie Collection of Early Americana housed at University of North Carolina.

His second wife Eugenie Mary Ladenburg Davie was a prominent activist in the Republican Party.[1][2] She assisted in the donation of many of his collections following his death.[3]


  1. ^ Staff report (February 12, 1930). Mrs. Davie To Ask Divorce; Wife of Clubman Now is at Reno to File Suit, He Says. New York Times
  2. ^ Staff report (May 6, 1930). Eugenie Ladenburg To Wed On May 31; Her Marriage to Preston Davie to Take Place at Home of Joseph S. Stevens, Jericho, L.I. Plans Are Incomplete. Fiancee, a Member of Colony Club, Is Only Child of the Late Adolf Ladenburg, Banker. New York Times
  3. ^ Blackstone-Shelburne (May 22, 1967). Preston Davie, Lawyer, 86, Dead; Colonel on General Staff in World War I Held D.S.M. Graduate of Harvard Law. New York Times

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