Log In

William Preston

diplomat , congressman

William Preston, American diplomat, congressman. member United States House of Representatives (Whig) from Kentucky, 32d-33d congresses, 1852-1855.

Background

Preston, William was born on October 16, 1816 in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. Son of William and Caroline (Hancock) Preston.

Education

Attended Yale, 1835; Bachelor of Laws, Harvard, 1838.

Career

Admitted to Louisville bar, circa 1838. Served as lieutenant colonel 4th Kentucky Infantry, Mexican War, 1846-1848. Delegate from Louisville to Kentucky Constitutional Convention, 1849 member Kentucky House of Representatives, 1850, 68-69.

Member United States House of Representatives (Whig) from Kentucky, 32d-33d congresses, 1852-1855. United States minister to Spain, 1858-1861. Commissioned colonel Confederate Army, 1861, brigadier general, 1862, major general, 1864.

Appointed Confederate minister to Maximilian, Emperor of Mexico, 1864.

Membership

Member United States House of Representatives (Whig) from Kentucky, 32d-33d congresses, 1852-1855.

Connections

Married Margaret Wickliffe, 1840, 6 children.

father:
William Preston

mother:
Caroline (Hancock) Preston

spouse:
Margaret Wickliffe