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  • ID: I249646
  • Name: William Campbell Preston BRECKINRIDGE
  • RELA: 13th cousin 4x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 28 AUG 1837 in Baltimore, Baltimore Co., MD
  • Event: Military service BET 1861 AND 1864 Col., Confederate Army
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky BET 1885 AND 1895
  • Death: 18 NOV 1904 in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
  • Event: Pic William Campbell Preston Breckinridge
  • Event: Sound
  • Burial: Lexington Cem., Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
  • Note:
    BRECKINRIDGE, William Campbell Preston, (grandson of John Breckinridge, uncle of Levin Irving Handy, and great-uncle of John Bayne Breckinridge), a Representative from Kentucky; born in Baltimore, Md., August 28, 1837; attended the common schools, Jefferson College, Chambersburg, Pa., and Pisgah Academy, Woodford County, Ky.; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1855 and from the law department of the University of Louisville in 1857; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Lexington, Ky.; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as captain and was subsequently promoted to the rank of colonel in the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry; was in command of the Kentucky cavalry designated to act as bodyguard for President Jefferson Davis and the members of his cabinet at the close of the Civil War; returned to Lexington, Ky., and was attorney for Fayette County; edited the Lexington (Ky.) Observer and Reporter 1866-1868; professor of equity and jurisprudence in the University of Kentucky at Lexington; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1876 and 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law and also edited the Lexington Herald; died in Lexington, Ky., November 18, 1904; interment in Lexington Cemetery.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Robert Jefferson BRECKINRIDGE b: 8 MAR 1800 in Kentucky
    Mother: Anna Sophonisba PRESTON b: 9 APR 1803 in Smithfield, Montgomery Co., VA

    Marriage 1 Issa DESHA b: 18 APR 1843 in Georgetown, Scott Co., KY
    • Married: 19 SEP 1861 in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
    1. Has No Children Sophonisba Preston BRECKINRIDGE b: 1 APR 1866
    2. Has No Children Desha BRECKINRIDGE b: 5 AUG 1867
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