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army officer

John Smith Preston, American army officer. member South Carolina. Senate, 1848-1856.

Background

Preston, John Smith was born on April 20, 1809 in Abingdon, Virginia, United States. Son of Francis Smith and Sarah Buchanan (Campbell) Preston.

Education

Attended Hampden-Sydney College, 1823-1825, University of Virginia, 1825-1827. Studied law at Harvard.

Career

Admitted to Virginia bar, circa 1827. Owned large sugar plantation “The Homus” in Louisiana, circa 1840-1850. Member South Carolina.

Senate, 1848-1856; chairman South Carolina. delegation Democratic National Convention, Charleston, South Carolina., 1860. Commissioner to visit Virginia and urge secession, 1861. Commissioned assistant adjutant with rank lieutenant colonel, 1861.

Participated in 1st battle of Bull Run, 1861. Command prison camp at Columbia, Georgia, 1862. Superintendent bureau of Conscription, Confederate Government, 1863-1865.

Commissioned colonel Confederate Army, 1863, given control of conscription in West, 1863, promoted brigadier general, 1864. Spent rest of life defending Confederacy and principles of state’s rights.

Membership

Member South Carolina. Senate, 1848-1856.

Connections

Married Caroline Hampton, April.

father:
Francis Smith Preston

mother:
Sarah Buchanan (Campbell) Preston

spouse:
Caroline Hampton