Rep. James Breckinridge (F-VA)

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James Breckinridge

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Augusta County, Province of Virginia
Death: May 13, 1833 (70)
Botetourt County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Robert Preston Breckenridge and Letitia Breckinridge
Husband of Ann Breckinridge
Father of Letitia Gamble; Elizabeth Watts; Robert Breckinridge and Cary Breckinridge
Brother of John Breckinridge, U.S. Senator and Attorney General; Elizabeth Meredith; William Breckinridge; Preston Breckinridge and Jane Breckinridge
Half brother of Robert Breckenridge and Capt. Alexander Breckenridge

Occupation: Brigadier General, politician
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About Rep. James Breckinridge (F-VA)

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA (Soldier). DAR Ancestor # A013940

James Breckinridge (March 7, 1763 – May 13, 1833) was a Virginia lawyer and politician. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives. He also fought in the American Revolutionary War and served as a brigadier-general during the War of 1812.

Breckinridge was born near Fincastle, Botetourt County, Virginia. His brother was John Breckinridge and he was the great-great-great-uncle of John Bayne Breckinridge. He studied under private tutors and during the Revolutionary War, he served in Colonel Preston's rifle regiment under General Nathanael Greene. He attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University) and was graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1785. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and practiced in Fincastle.

Political career Breckinridge served as a delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates for the terms 1789-1802, 1806-1808, 1819-1821 and 1823-1824. He took a special interest in the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. He was then elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1817). He was an associate of Thomas Jefferson in the establishment of the University of Virginia and served as brigadier general in the War of 1812.

Death and afterward Breckinridge died at his country home, "Grove Hill," Botetourt County, Virginia, May 13, 1833 and was buried in the family burial plot on his estate near Fincastle.

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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Rep. James Breckinridge (F-VA)'s Timeline

March 7, 1763
Augusta County, Province of Virginia
October 26, 1791
Age 28
Botetourt County, Virginia, United States
Age 30
Age 32
Age 38
May 13, 1833
Age 70
Botetourt County, Virginia, United States