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Mr. Preston S. Brooks


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Background Information

Employment History

HarpWeek LLC

Adjunct Professor

University of South Dakota

Software Project Manager

Science Applications International Corporation


U.S. Military Academy




South Carolina

House of Representatives

S. Carolina

Member of the Named
U.S. House of Representatives

VerdeGenix Software LLC


South Carolina College at Columbia


University of San Diego

Master's Degree

Stanford University

Professional Degree of Engineer

Electrical Engineering

Stanford University


nuclear engineering

the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis

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A timeline of 19th-century America [cached]

May 22: Preston Brooks, US senator from South Carolina, takes issue with remarks by Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner, & attacks him with a cane on the floor of the Senate; a measure to expell Brooks from the Senate fails to pass

May 22: Preston Brooks, US senator from South Carolina, takes issue with remarks by Massachusetts senator Charles Sumner, & attacks him with a cane on the floor of the Senate; a measure to expell Brooks from the Senate fails to pass

Kopel's Corner Archive, early 2007 [cached]

On this day in history, May 22, 1856, United States Representative Preston Brooks criminally attacked Senator Charles Sumner on the floor of the Senate, beating Sumner on the head with a heavy cane until the cane broke, and incapacitating Sumner for four years.

Preston Brooks was the nephew of South Carolina Senator A.P. Butler, who had been sharply criticized by Massachusetts' Sumner in a May 19-20 speech , "The Crime Against Kansas."

Historic Brooksville [cached]

The town was so-named after a U.S. senator from South Carolina, Preston Brooks, who brutally and infamously beat a colleague who opposed Brooks' support of slavery.

1856 - Southern Congressman Preston ... [cached]

1856 - Southern Congressman Preston Brooks savagely beats Northern Senator Charles Sumner in the halls of Congress as tensions rise over the expansion of slavery.

It was not until other congressmen subdued Brooks that Sumner finally escaped.
Brooks became an instant hero in the South, and supporters sent him many replacement canes. He was vilified in the North and became a symbol of the stereotypically inflexible, uncompromising representative of the slave power.
The Recording Industry Association of America said Brooks was the best-selling country artist of all-time and the second-highest selling artist ever in the US.

Preston Brooks is a graduate ... [cached]

Preston Brooks is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis with a degree in nuclear engineering. He subsequently won a scholarship to Stanford University and holds a Master's Degree and the Professional Degree of Engineer, both in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. He completed a career in the United States Navy (USN) as CAPTAIN, USN, serving as Reactor Officer, USS NIMITZ (CVN-68), in charge of the aircraft carrier's two nuclear propulsion plants along with 200 nuclear engineers, and as Commanding Officer, USS COONTZ (DDG-40), a guided missile destroyer, manned by 400 men and 20 officers.

Following his naval career, Preston Brooks completed an MBA at the University of San Diego (USD), and taught in the USD School of Business Administration as Adjunct Professor. He was involved in several startup companies in both consulting and management roles. He took several courses in software programming at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Extension, and joined Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC, Inc.) in 1999 as a software project manager. He relocated from San Diego, California to Michigan in 2003, and served as an SAIC software architect on the Lead Systems Integration (LSI) Team with Boeing for the US Army's Future Combat Systems Program. He left SAIC, Inc. in 2009 to focus on teaching and developing renewable energy projects.
In 2004, Preston Brooks joined the faculty of the Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) Department, Oakland University (OU), as a Special Lecturer teaching Software Project Management at the graduate level. In 2005, he was appointed to the CSE permanent faculty as Adjunct Associate Professor. He currently teaches a number of courses in the CSE Department dealing with software modeling and architecture, software application development and software programming.
Preston Brooks recently started a new software company, VerdeGenix Software, LLC, (which means "green-producing software") creating software applications for the renewable energy industry. This company is a "homegrown" company with OU faculty and students. Its focus is on software applications that support the Distributed Generation of Renewable Energy (DGRE) powering Microgrids.
Preston Brooks resides in Clarkston, Michigan with his wife, Martha and step-daughter, Amelia. He has two grown children from a previous marriage, Christopher and Shannon, both living in California. He enjoys sailing, running and reading history. His current interest is the Battle of Gettysburg, during the War of the Rebellion (1861-1865), and the period of Reconstruction following the war.

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