Ralph Julius Preston
| Ralph Julius Preston|
|Born||27 May 1865|
|Died||25 October 1919 (Age 54)|
New York City
|Parents|| • Jerome Preston|
• Hannah Broadhead
|Children|| • William P. Preston|
• Jerome Preston Jr.
• Evelyn Warwick
• Lewis Thompson Preston Sr.
Wealthy US diplomat
In 1894 Ralph Julius Preston married Elizabeth Thompson, only daughter of Colonel William Thompson. The best man was Charles D. Wetmore, and the ushers were T. Wadsworth Ricthie, Hamilton W. Cary, R. Livingston Beeckman, Appleton Smith, Duncan Ewen Cameron and Louis S. Thompson.
By 1894, he has "for many years", been one of the secretaries of the American Legation in Paris. In 1914 he joined the Relief clearing house in Paris until the signing of the armistice. He was "Deputy Red Cross Commissioner for the whole of Europe".
He "was a member of many [New York?] clubs, including the Knickerbocker, Metropolitan, Turf and Field, Rumson Country and Princeton".
He died after a 6 week illness at his home in New York, on 25 October 1919 after "his health had been impaired by his labors abroad".
- Families of Western New York, by William Richard Cutter
- New York Daily Tribune, 1894-03-25
- New York Times obituary, October 26, 1919