Preston, Finney D.
Born: 1820-08-12 Wabash County, Illinois
Died: 1890-XX-XX Wabash County, Illinois
Finney D. Preston was a farmer, blacksmith, teacher, newspaper owner, local government official, attorney, and U.S. Army quartermaster. He worked in farming until 1839, then as a blacksmith in Mount Carmel, Illinois. He later taught school until he was elected clerk of the Illinois House of Representatives in 1844, and relocated to Springfield, Illinois. In 1846, he married Phebe Mundy and was elected clerk for the Illinois Senate. In partnership with Austin Brooks, he also purchased the newspaper
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