General James Breckenridge (1763 - 1833)

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Birthplace: Botefourt, Virginia, United States
Death: Died
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About General James Breckenridge

He was a grandson of a Scottish covenanter, who escaped to America on the restoration of the Stuarts. James served, in 1781, in Colonel Preston's rifle regiment under Greene, was graduated at William and Mary College in 1785, studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1787, and began practice in Fincastle. He was for several years a member of the general assembly of Virginia, and a leader of the old federal party in that body, and from 22 May, 1809, till 3 March, 1817, represented the Botetourt district in congress. He was a candidate for governor against James Monroe. He co-operated with Thomas Jefferson in founding the University of Virginia, and was one of the most active promoters of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal.


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General James Breckenridge's Timeline

March 7, 1763
Botefourt, Virginia, United States
January 1, 1791
Age 27
October 26, 1791
Age 28
Botefourt, Virginia, United States
May 13, 1833
Age 70