William Campbell Preston
(December 27, 1794 – May 22, 1860) was a senator from the United States and a member of the Nullifier, and later Whig Parties.
He was also
the cousin of William Ballard
Pennsylvania, he was the son of Francis Preston, a well-to-do businessman,
and Sarah Buchanan Campbell, daughter of Gen. William Campbell
. During his childhood
he was educated by private tutors, then
enrolled in Washington University (later known as Washington and
Lee University) in Lexington, Virginia. He then transferred to and graduated from
South Carolina College (later known as the University of
South Carolina) in Columbia in 1812.
traveling and studying around Europe, Preston
studied law at the University of
Edinburgh in Scotland.
sailed back to the States in 1819 and was admitted to the bar of
Virginia in 1820. He practiced law there for two years.
moved to Columbia,
South Carolina in 1822 and ran unsuccessfully for election to the
He was, however, elected to the
House of Representatives
and served from 1828 to 1834. He was
then elected in 1833 as a Nullifier to the United States Senate
to fill the
vacancy after the resignation of Stephen D. Miller
. Preston was then reelected as a
in 1837 and served
until his resignation on November 29, 1842. During that time he
served as the chairman for the Committee on the Library and the
Committee on Military Affairs. After his resignation, Preston returned to
practicing law and served as president of South Carolina
College from 1845 until 1851, when he resigned due to poor
He died in Columbia, South Carolina. He was buried in the
Trinity Episcopal Churchyard.