Lewis Thompson Preston Sr.
| Lewis Thompson Preston Sr.|
A young Lewis Thompson Preston
|Born||27 Nov 1899|
|Died||9 Feb 1937 (Age 37)|
New York, USA
|Parents|| • Ralph Julius Preston|
• Elizabeth Thompson
|Children|| • Lewis Thompson Preston|
• William Preston
|Spouse|| • Priscilla Baldwin|
• Eppes Hawes
Lewis Thompson Preston Sr. was born in 27 Nov 1899 and grew up in Monmouth, New Jersey. His uncle was head of the house in which he grew up with his parents until at least 1920. In 1925 he married Priscilla Baldwin. His brother William had married Priscilla's twin sister Fanny. Both these marriages ended in divorce, and the twin sisters later married brothers from the Morgan family.
He attended Harvard and graduated in 1924. His New York Times obituary describes him as a "sportsman", but notes his connections to the US establishment, such as that he once accompanied Kermit Roosevelt (presumably "Sr.") on a round the world hunting trip. In 1933, he won medal honours in the qualifying round of the 38th annual Southern Cross golf tournament. He was also a keen tennis player.
In 1925 he married Priscilla Baldwin, son of Joseph Clark Baldwin Jr. with whom he had Lewis Thompson Preston. Ushers at the wedding included included Thomas Morrison Carnegie Jr., Joseh Harriman Jr., Thomas N. McCarter Jr. and Langdon W. Post. Then he divorced her and married Miss Eppes Hawes, daughter of Senator Harry B. Hawes of Missouri, but later divorced her.
He died in the Doctors Hospital on 9 Feb 1937, a week after an operation carried out after 18 months of illness. The "honorary pallbearers" were Thomas M. Carnegie Jr., Rodman Wanamaker, Charles A. Clark, Charles Lee, Duncan Thayer and Duncan Ellsworth.
- The Brooklyn Daily Eagle, 27 October 1934, p. 4
- New York Times, October 1925
- New York Times Obituary, 11 Feb 1937