L. Richardson Preyer

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Greensboro, North Carolina
Died2001-04-03 (Age 82)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Cause of death
Alma materPrinceton University, Harvard Law School
Member ofHSCA

Lunsford Richardson Preyer (January 11, 1919 – April 3, 2001) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and later a United States Representative from North Carolina.

Education and career

Born in Greensboro, North Carolina, Preyer graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Virginia. He received an Bachelor of Arts in English from Princeton University in 1941 after completing a senior thesis titled "The Contrasting Values of Dickens and Daudet."[1] At Princeton he was on the 150 lb. football team and the golf team and was vice-president of Princeton Tower Club.[2] He received a Bachelor of Laws from Harvard Law School in 1949.

He was in the United States Navy from 1941 to 1946, serving as gunnery officer and executive officer on destroyers in both the Atlantic and Pacific. He received a Bronze Star for action at Okinawa.[3] He was in private practice of law in New York City, New York from 1949 to 1950. He worked for Vick Chemical Company in 1950 (founded by his grandfather and namesake Lunsford Richardson).[4] He was in private practice of law in Greensboro from 1951 to 1956. He was a City Judge from 1953 to 1954. He was a Judge of the North Carolina Superior Court from 1956 to 1961.[5][6]

Federal judicial service

Preyer received a recess appointment from President John F. Kennedy on October 7, 1961, to the United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, to a new seat created by 75 Stat. 80. He was nominated to the same seat by President Kennedy on January 15, 1962. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on February 7, 1962, and received his commission on February 17, 1962. His service was terminated on October 9, 1963, due to his resignation.

Unsuccessful run for governor and return to private service

Preyer was an unsuccessful candidate for Governor of North Carolina in 1964. He was Senior Vice President and Trust Officer of North Carolina National Bank (now Bank of America) from 1965 to 1968.

Congressional service

Preyer was elected as a Democratic United States Representative from North Carolina to the 91st United States Congress and to the five succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1969, to January 3, 1981. He was Chairman of the House Ethics Committee in the 95th Congress, and member of the US House Select Committee on Assassinations.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the 97th Congress in 1980.[7]

Post congressional service and death

In 1988, Preyer was elected to the Common Cause National Governing Board.[8] Preyer resided in Greensboro until his death of cancer on April 3, 2001, in that city. He is interred in Green Hill Cemetery in Greensboro.[9]

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