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John Thomas Lewis Preston
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J. T. L. Preston. 1907 portrait based on 1855 photo.
Born (1811-04-25)April 25, 1811
Lexington, Virginia
Died July 15, 1890(1890-07-15) (aged 79)
Lexington, Virginia
Oak Grove Cemetery
Lexington, Virginia
Allegiance  Virginia
 Confederate States of America
Service/branch Virginia Militia
 Confederate States of America Army
Rank Union Army colonel rank insignia.png Colonel (Virginia Militia)
Confederate States of America Lieutenant Colonel.png Lieutenant Colonel (CSA)
Unit Virginia Military Institute
9th Virginia Infantry
Battles/wars American Civil War
Spouse(s) Sarah Lyle Caruthers
Margaret Junkin
Other work Founder and faculty member, Virginia Military Institute

John Thomas Lewis Preston (April 25, 1811 – July 15, 1890) was an American educator and military officer from Virginia. He was a primary founder and organizer of the Virginia Military Institute, and was one of its first two faculty members. He also served in the Confederate military during the American Civil War.

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