Little is known about Captain Thomas Preston. He was a British officer of the 29th (Worcestershire) Regiment of Foot and their commander during the Boston Massacre of March 5, 1770. He was accused of ordering his troops to fire on the crowd and was arrested and tried for murder. He was successfully defended by future second U.S. president John Adams and was “honorably discharged.” After the trial, Preston retired from the army and reportedly moved to Ireland.
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