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John Cabell Breckinridge

senator , Vice President of the United States

John Cabell Breckinridge, vice president of the United States, senator. Member Kentucky Legislature, 1849; member United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, 32d-33d congresses, 1851-1855; member United States Senate from Kentucky, Mar 4-December 2, 1861.

Background

Breckinridge, John Cabell was born on January 21, 1821 in Lexington, Kentucky, United States. Son of Joseph and Mary (Smith) Breckinridge.

Education

Graduate Centre College, 1839. Attended Transylvania U., Lexington, 1840.

Career

Member Kentucky Legislature, 1849. Member United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, 32d-33d congresses, 1851-1855. Vice president United States (Democrat), 1857-1861.

Presidential candidate of pro-slavery branch Democratic Party, 1860, ran 3d in election after Lincoln and Douglas. Member United States Senate from Kentucky, Mar 4-December 2, 1861. Commissioned brigadier general Confederate Army, 1861, major general, 1862.

Secretary of state Confederate States American, 1865. Vice president Elizabethtown, Lexington & Big Sandy R.R., circa 1870.

Membership

Member Kentucky Legislature, 1849. Member United States House of Representatives from Kentucky, 32d-33d congresses, 1851-1855. Member United States Senate from Kentucky, Mar 4-December 2, 1861.

Connections

Married Mary Burch, December 1843.

father:
Joseph Breckinridge

mother:
Mary (Smith) Breckinridge

spouse:
Mary Burch