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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 6 Collections and/or Records:

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.

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

Letter from John T. L. Preston to Francis H. Smith, 1839 May 17

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Identifier: https://digitalcollections.vmi.edu/digital/collection/p15821coll11/id/1434