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LESLIE, Preston Hopkins, lawyer, born in Clinton county, Kentucky, 8 March, 1819. He received a limited education in country schools, and worked as a common laborer for several years until he obtained a clerkship in a store and finally in the county office. He then studied law under Samuel B. Maxey, and began practice in 1842. About 1854 he removed to Glasgow, where he has since resided. He was elected to the representative assembly in 1844 and in 1850, and to the state senate in 1867, of which body he was elected speaker in 1869 and acting lieutenant-governor. On the election of Governor John W. Stevenson to the United States senate in the next year, he succeeded as governor, and in 1871, as the nominee of the Democratic party, he was elected to the office for the term of four years. After his retirement he was elected and served six years as judge of the Glasgow circuit district.
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