John Cabell Breckinridge (1821 - 1875)

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Birthplace: Kentucky, United States
Death: Died in Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States
Occupation: American lawyer and politician
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About John Cabell Breckinridge

Birth: Jan. 16, 1821 Kentucky, USA Death: May 17, 1875 Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA

United States Vice-President, Civil War Confederate Major General He was then appointed as President Jefferson Davis's War Secretary till the end of the war in 1865. Breckinridge was one of the outstanding politicians of his day. He served in the Kentucky legislature and the US House of Representatives and Senate. He served as US vice-president from 1857-1861, and was a presidential candidate in the 1860 election. When the War Between the States came, he accepted a Confederate commission and successfully commanded units in Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, and Virginia. Among these units was the famous "Orphan Brigade" of Kentucky. Breckinridge was in command of the Confederate forces during the battle of New Market, Virginia, which featured the famous charge of the VMI Corps of Cadets. Breckinridge served as Confederate Secretary of War in 1865, and he was instrumental in negotiating peace between Gens. William Sherman and Joseph Johnston.

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 Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (1788 - 1823)
 Mary Clay Smith Breckinridge (1787 - 1864)

 Mary Cyrene Burch Breckinridge (1826 - 1907)

 John Cabell Breckinridge*
 Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (1846 - 1932)*
 Frances Breckinridge (1848 - 1924)*
 John Witherspoon Breckinridge (1850 - 1892)*
 Mary Breckinridge Maltby (1854 - 1928)*
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Cause of death: Cirrhosis of the liver & lung disease

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Burial: Lexington Cemetery Lexington Fayette County Kentucky, USA Plot: Section G, Lot 1

Maintained by: Find A Grave Record added: Jan 01, 2001 Find A Grave Memorial# 132

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January 16, 1821
Kentucky, United States
December 12, 1843
Age 22
May 17, 1875
Age 54
Lexington, Fayette, Kentucky, United States