Franks, Mildred M.
September 2004
Kentucky Libraries;Fall2004, Vol. 68 Issue 4, p12
Academic Journal
The article features information on Kentucky. General William Preston was born into an aristocratic Kentucky family in 1816, educated at Yale and Harvard, traveled extensively, and focused his life on public service, as congressman, minister to Spain and to Mexico, and as one of five major generals from Kentucky in the Confederate Army. He remained devoted to the Confederacy until his death in 1887, believing to the end in the "superiority" of the white race. In a straightforward narrative, historian Peter Sehlinger relates the life of Preston. His growing up in Kentucky among the social circles which included the Todds, Breckinridges, and McDaniels, and his family's elaborate entertaining in the 1870s at their Lexington mansion frame his years of adventure. In 1902 the state passed legislation creating the Kentucky State Fair and it was held at Churchill Downs in Louisville in September of that year. The five-day event was attended by 75,000 people who saw steam auto races, horse shows, and watched as 150 Homing Pigeons were released to carry messages about the fair.


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