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  • ID: I249654
  • Name: John Cabell BRECKINRIDGE
  • RELA: 13th cousin 8x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 16 JAN 1821 in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kentucky BET 4 MAR 1851 AND 3 MAR 1855
  • Event: Elected 14th Vice President of the United States BET 4 MAR 1857 AND 4 MAR 1861
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from Kentucky BET 4 MAR 1861 AND 4 DEC 1861
  • Event: Appointed BET 6 FEB 1865 AND 10 MAY 1865 Confederate States Secretary of War
  • Death: 17 MAY 1875 in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
  • Event: Pic John Cabell Breckinridge
  • Burial: Lexington Cem., Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
  • Title: Vice President
  • Event: Link View on GeneaStar
  • Note:
    BRECKINRIDGE, John Cabell, (grandson of John Breckinridge, father of Clifton Rodes Breckinridge, and cousin of Henry Donnel Foster), a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky and a Vice President of the United States; born at 'Cabell's Dale,' near Lexington, Ky., January 16, 1821; attended Pisgah Academy, Woodford County, Ky.; graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1839; later attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University); studied law in the Transylvania Institute, Lexington, Ky.; admitted to the bar in 1840; moved to Burlington, Iowa, but soon returned and began practice in Lexington, Ky.; major of the Third Kentucky Volunteers during the Mexican War in 1847 and 1848; member, State house of representatives 1849; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851- March 3, 1855); was not a candidate for renomination in 1854; was tendered the mission to Spain by President Franklin Pierce, but declined; elected Vice President of the United States in 1856 on the Democratic ticket with James Buchanan as President; unsuccessful candidate for President in 1860; elected to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1861, until expelled by resolution of December 4, 1861, for support of the rebellion; entered the Confederate Army during the Civil War as brigadier general and soon became a major general; Secretary of War in the Cabinet of the Confederate States from January until April 1865; resided in Europe until 1868; returned to Lexington, Ky., and resumed the practice of law; vice president of the Elizabethtown, Lexington Big Sandy Railroad Co.; died in Lexington, Ky., May 17, 1875; interment in Lexington Cemetery.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Joseph Cabell BRECKINRIDGE b: 24 JUL 1788 in Albemarle Co., VA
    Mother: Mary Clay SMITH b: 30 AUG 1787

    Marriage 1 Mary Cyrene BURCH b: 16 AUG 1826 in Georgetown, Scott Co., KY
    • Married: 12 DEC 1843 in Scott Co., KY
    1. Has Children Joseph Cabell BRECKINRIDGE b: 29 DEC 1844 in Fayette Co., KY
    2. Has Children Clifton Rodes BRECKINRIDGE b: 22 NOV 1846 in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
    3. Has No Children Frances BRECKINRIDGE b: 21 JUN 1848
    4. Has Children John Witherspoon Owen BRECKINRIDGE b: DEC 1850 in Kentucky
    5. Has No Children Mary Disha BRECKINRIDGE b: 1853
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