Preston, Thomas Scott
- Steven M. Avella
Preston, Thomas Scott (23 July 1824–04 November 1891), Catholic priest, administrator, and apologist, was born in Hartford, Connecticut, the son of Zephaniah Preston, an insurance agent, and Ann Canfield. Preston was of English ancestry and was baptized an Episcopalian. Multilingual and exceptionally talented, Preston gave the valedictory address in 1843 at Hartford’s Washington (now Trinity) College in Greek. He enrolled in the General Theological Seminary in New York City and was soon caught up in the American version of the British Oxford movement. Preston’s High Church sympathies were so pronounced that he was refused ordination to the Episcopal priesthood by the bishop of New York. After securing ordination in 1848 from another bishop in western New York, he served for a brief time as a curate at St. Luke’s Church in New York City. However, his sympathies and intellectual bent led him to the Roman Catholic church. With his brother William and Dr. John Murray Forbes, rector at St. Luke’s, Preston was received into the Catholic church by another convert, Father ...