Prince Hulon Preston Jr.

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Prince Hulon Preston Jr.
Prince H. Preston (Georgia Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1961
Preceded byHugh Peterson
Succeeded byG. Elliott Hagan
Personal details
Born(1908-07-05)July 5, 1908
Monroe, Georgia
DiedFebruary 8, 1961(1961-02-08) (aged 52)
Savannah, Georgia
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materUniversity of Georgia School of Law

Prince Hulon Preston Jr. (July 5, 1908 – February 8, 1961) was an American politician, educator and lawyer.

Life[edit]

Preston was born in Monroe, Georgia. He graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens and was admitted to the Georgia state bar in 1930. He became a practicing lawyer in Statesboro, Georgia.

After serving in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1935 through 1938, Preston enlisted as a private in the United States Army in 1942 and was promoted through the ranks to captain by the time of his discharge on October 13, 1945. He was then elected as a judge for the Statesboro city courts; however, he also won election to the United States House of Representatives as a Democrat to served in the 80th United States Congress and never took the bench.

A staunch segregationist, in 1956, Preston signed "The Southern Manifesto."

Preston was reelected for six additional terms before losing his reelection bid in 1960. He died the next year in Savannah, Georgia on February 8, 1961, and was buried in Stateboro's Eastside Cemetery.

References[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Prince Hulon Preston Jr. (id: P000516)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Prince Hulon Preston Jr. at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Hugh Peterson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Georgia's 1st congressional district

January 3, 1947 – January 3, 1961
Succeeded by
G. Elliott Hagan