John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge (1850 - 1892)

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Place of Burial: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
Birthplace: Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Merced, Merced County, California, United States
Cause of death: cramp colic
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About John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge

Obituary from The Mariposa Gazette, 14 May 1892:

Hon. John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge died very suddenly at his home in Merced about midnight, May 9th. He was in his usual health and spirits up to nine o'clock that night, at which time he was seized with cramp colic, and although all available remedies were used he died within a couple of hours.

Mr. Breckinridge was one of the most talented men in California gifted with all that goes to make up a brilliant lawyer and gentleman. Although still a young man, he had climbed high in his profession and was known in many cities and towns of California as a lawyer of unquestioned ability and of unquestioned integrity in business matters. For fifteen years he made his home in California, and most of that time has been spent in Merced, of which county he was District Attorney; and also represented this district in the Assembly.

He was the son of John C. Breckinridge who was Vice-President under Buchanan. Very many friends will feel regret over the sudden death of this talented man.

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John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge's Timeline

1850
December 22, 1850
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States
1860
1860
Age 9
Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky
1878
1878
Age 27
1879
July 1879
Age 28
California, USA
1881
November 1881
Age 30
1892
May 9, 1892
Age 41
Merced, Merced County, California, United States
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Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, United States