Ralph Julius Preston

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Person.png Ralph Julius PrestonRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(lawyer, diplomat)
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Born27 May 1865
Died25 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.
SpouseElizabeth Thompson
Wealthy US diplomat

Ralph Julius Preston was a lawyer of Redbank, New York.[1]

Family connections

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.[2]

He was grandfather of Lewis Thompson Preston who was appointed President of the World Bank Group by George H. W. Bush.[3]


The estate Preston had built in 1904 and sold in 1906

He owned a considerable New York estate, "Ivy Hall", designed by Warren & Wetmore c. 1904 in Jericho, which was sold in 1906 to James Blackstone Taylor.[4]


By 1894, he has "for many years", been one of the secretaries of the American Legation in Paris.[2] 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".[5]


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".[5]