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Preston, John Thomas Lewis, 1811-1890

 Person

John T. L. Preston (1811-1890), was one of the founders of the Virginia Military Institute. He served at VMI as a member of the first Board of Visitors (1839) and as a Professor of Modern Languages from 1839-1875. During the Civil War he was on the staff of Gen. Stonewall Jackson.. L. Preston (1811-1890), was one of the founders of the Virginia Military Institute. He served at VMI as a member of the first Board of Visitors (1839) and as a Professor of Modern Languages from 1839-1875. During the Civil War he was on the staff of Gen. Stonewall Jackson.

Found in 14 Collections and/or Records:

Academic Departments, Annual Reports, 19th century, 1843-1848; 1865-1899

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Scope and Contents A chronological file, 1843-1848; 1865-1899, containing examples of academic department annual reports from the 19th century. These reports from the various academic departments were submitted to the Superintendent and help to document the early academic history of the Institute. This file includes early reports by John T. L. Preston (Languages), and Thomas H. Williamson (Engineering), as well as reports by other early faculty members. The series has many gaps; for example, none from the...

Historical Sketch of the Establishment and Organization of the Virginia Military Institute, 1889 July 4

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Scope and Contents Typescript sketch written by John T. L. Preston. It was prepared at the request of the VMI Board of Visitors to mark Institute's Semi-Centennial celebration. Preston had planned to deliver this as an address, but he was not able to do so and it was read by his son Rev. Dr. T. L. Preston.Includes details about events leading to the establishment of VMI, including debates in the local Franklin Society and letters to the local newspaper written by Preston under the penname "Cives" in...

Historical Sketch of the Establishment and Organization of the Virginia Military Institute, 1889 [Digital]

 Digital Collection
Identifier: http://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/3854

James E. Tyler letter

 Collection
Identifier: MS-0074
Scope and Contents One letter (dated May 14, 1846) from VMI alumnus James E. Tyler to President James K. Polk, requesting a commission in the Army or Marine Corps. Tyler mentions recommendations from Francis H. Smith and John T.L. Preston, and states that he was an "inmate" of VMI for two years.

John T. L. Preston and Francis H. Smith correspondence

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Identifier: RG-01-Correspondence-Preston - Smith
Scope and Contents Correspondence between Francis H. Smith, who became VMI's first Superintendent, and John T. L. Preston relating to the organization and opening of VMI. Includes four letters from Preston to Smith and one letter from Smith to Preston, in which he accepts the job offered by the Board of Visitors to serve as Superintendent (originally called Principal Professor). One related letter is from Francis H. Smith to William Atkinson or Atkison, in which Smith asks for advice about VMI's job offer.

John T. L. Preston letter of recommendation for William D. Stuart, 1850 December 10

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From VMI Professor John T. L. Preston, endorsing Stuart's application for a commission in the U.S. Army

John T. L. Preston papers

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Identifier: MS-0240
Scope and Contents Miscellaneous personal papers of John T. L. Preston including a farm account book (1834-1887), bills, deeds, memoranda, receipts, and correspondence. The majority of the papers relate to Preston's personal financial and property (land) transactions and do not involve his work at VMI. Noteable items found in the the papers include a letter (1863 April 24) to Gen. Stonewall Jackson (to whom he was related by marriage) in which Preston discusses religious and financial matters; a...

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 April 29

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1448

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 August 20

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1445

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 June 8

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1438