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Jacob Alexander PRESTON

(1796-1868)

PRESTON, Jacob Alexander, a Representative from Maryland; born in Bel Air, Harford County, Md., March 12, 1796; attended the common schools; was graduated from the medical department of the University of Maryland at Baltimore in 1816; practiced his profession in Harford, Baltimore, and Cecil Counties; also engaged in agricultural pursuits; served with a Maryland regiment as lieutenant in the War of 1812; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; resumed the practice of medicine and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Perryman, Harford County, Md., on August 2, 1868; interment in St. George’s Churchyard, Spesutia Island, Md.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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