William Preston

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Birthday
25, 1729
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Jun 28, 1783 (53)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
25, 1729
Birthplace
Ireland
Death Date
Jun 28, 1783 (53)

About

Remembered for his service in the American Revolutionary War, this Irish-born colonist was also a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. In 1775, he signed the Fincastle Resolutions, a Virginia document that laid the groundwork for the United States Declaration of Independence.

Before Fame

He emigrated from Ireland to the Virginia colony at the age of nine and, before joining the Revolutionary War effort, served in the French and Indian War.

Trivia

Prestonville, a city in northern Kentucky, was named in his honor.

Family Life

His marriage to Susanna Smith resulted in twelve children, several of whom were raised on Smithfield Plantation (located in what is today the college town of Blacksburg, Virginia). One of his sons, James Patton Preston, served as Governor of Virginia during the early years of the Nineteenth Century.

Associated With

He and Thomas Nelson both served in the Virginia House of Burgesses during the late 18th Century.