Dowling Family Genealogy

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  • ID: I249650
  • RELA: Spouse of 12th cousin 8x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 2 DEC 1760 in Staunton, Augusta Co., VA
  • Event: Elected Attorney General of Kentucky BET 1793 AND 1797
  • Event: Elected United States Senator from Kentucky BET 1801 AND 1805
  • Event: Appointed BET 7 AUG 1805 AND 14 DEC 1806 United States Attorney General
  • Death: 14 DEC 1806 in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
  • Event: Pic John Breckinridge
  • Note:
    BRECKINRIDGE, John, (brother of James Breckinridge, grandfather of John Cabell Breckinridge and William Campbell Preston Breckinridge, great- grandfather of Clifton Rodes Breckinridge, great-great-grandfather of John Bayne Breckinridge, cousin of John Brown, James Brown, and Francis Preston), a Senator from Kentucky; born near Staunton, Augusta County, Va., December 2, 1760; educated at Augusta Academy, near Staunton (now Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va.), and at William and Mary College, Williamsburg, Va.; elected a member of the house of burgesses in 1780 when nineteen years of age, but being under age was not allowed to take his seat until elected the third time; served as subaltern in the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1785 and commenced practice in Charlottesville, Va.; elected as a Democrat to the Third Congress, but resigned in 1792 before the commencement of the congressional term; moved to Kentucky in 1793 and resumed the practice of law in Lexington; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1794; appointed attorney general of Kentucky in 1795 and served until November 30, 1797, when he resigned; member, State house of representatives 1798-1800, serving as speaker in 1799 and 1800; member of the State constitutional convention in 1799; elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate and served from March 4, 1801, until August 7, 1805, when he resigned to accept the position of Attorney General of the United States in the Cabinet of President Thomas Jefferson; served in this capacity until his death at 'Cabell's Dale,' near Lexington, Ky., December 14, 1806; interment in Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Ky.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Robert Preston BRECKINRIDGE b: 1712 in Ireland
    Mother: Letitia PRESTON b: JUL 1728 in Ireland

    Marriage 1 Mary Hopkins CABELL b: 22 FEB 1769 in Buckingham Co., VA
    • Married: 28 JUN 1784 in Buckingham Co., VA
    1. Has Children Letitia Preston BRECKINRIDGE b: 22 JUN 1786 in Albemarle Co., VA
    2. Has Children Joseph Cabell BRECKINRIDGE b: 24 JUL 1788 in Albemarle Co., VA
    3. Has No Children Mary Ann BRECKINRIDGE b: 1795
    4. Has Children John BRECKINRIDGE , Jr. b: 4 JUL 1797 in Lexington, Fayette Co., KY
    5. Has Children Robert Jefferson BRECKINRIDGE b: 8 MAR 1800 in Kentucky
    6. Has No Children William Lewis BRECKINRIDGE b: 22 JUL 1803 in Kentucky
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