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Preston, John Thomas Lewis, 1811-1890

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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 4 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...

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

Letter, John T. L. Preston to Stonewall Jackson, 1863-04-28

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Scope and Contents Topics include financial transactions affecting Jackson, including purchase of Confederate bonds and proceeds from sale of tannery; religious matters, particularly the upcoming General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina.