Preston, Willard, Dd
Preston, Willard, D.D.
an eloquent American divine and noted educator, was born at Uxbridge, Mass., May 29, 1785, and was educated at Brown University, where he graduated in 1806. After having studied law and practiced in that profession for a few years, he studied for the ministry, and was in 1811 ordained and became pastor of a church at Providence, R. I., where lie preached until 1825, when he was chosen president of the University of Vermont. In 1829 he removed South for the benefit of his health, and in 1831 accepted the pastorate of the Presbyterian Church in Savannah, Ga., and there remained until his death in 1856. He published, Farewell Sermon at St. Alban's (1815): — Sermons (1817). — Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v.: Drake, Dict. of Amer. Biog. s.v.