William Preston (1816 - 1887)

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Birthplace: Jefferson Co, KY
Death: Died in Jefferson Co, KY
Occupation: congressman from Kentucky, U. S. minister to Spain, and major general in the Confederate army
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About William Preston

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William Preston (October 16, 1816 – September 21, 1887) was an American lawyer, politician, and ambassador to Spain. He also was a brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from the Confederacy to Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico in 1864.

Biography Preston, the nephew of Francis Preston, was born Louisville, Kentucky. He pursued preparatory studies and graduated from St. Joseph's College in Kentucky. He attended Yale College in 1835 and graduated from the law department of Harvard University in 1838. After graduation from Harvard, Preston was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Louisville in 1839.

He served as lieutenant colonel of the 4th Kentucky Volunteers in the Mexican–American War (1846–1848). After the war, he was a delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1849 and a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1850. Subsequently, he served in the State senate 1851–1853. He was elected as a Whig to the Thirty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Humphrey Marshall and reelected to the Thirty-third Congress and served from December 6, 1852, to March 3, 1855. He stood again for another term in 1854 but was unsuccessful. President James Buchanan appointed Preston as Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain in 1858. He resigned as ambassador in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War.

Although his home state of Kentucky did not secede from the Union, Preston served in the Confederate Army and attained the rank of brigadier general. He was appointed Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary from the Confederacy to Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico in 1864.

After the war, he again served as a member of the Kentucky State house of Representatives in 1868 and 1869.

William Preston died in Louisville and was interred in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.

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General William Preston (CSA)'s Timeline

1816
October 16, 1816
Jefferson Co, KY
1840
December 9, 1840
Age 24
1841
1841
Age 24
KY
1844
1844
Age 27
KY
1846
1846
Age 29
KY
1850
1850
Age 33
KY
1855
1855
Age 38
KY
1857
1857
Age 40
KY
1887
September 21, 1887
Age 70
Jefferson Co, KY