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John W. Breckinridge


Date Party Office Votes Result
03-15-1884 Democratic AD-05 0 Win

Candidate Biography:

John Witherspoon Owen Breckinridge
Born: December 22, 1850 in Lexington, Kentucky
Married: Louise and Harriett
Child: Lloyd Tevis, John Cabell, and Florence Louise
Family: Son of Vice President John C. Breckinridge
Family: Great-great-grandson of John Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence
Died: May 9, 1892 in Merced, CA

1890s: District Attorney, Merced County

  • Died of "Cramp Colic", now called Appendicitis.
  • OBITUARY: "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."

Source: "John W. Breckinridge", Mariposa Gazette (5/14/1892)
Source: History of Political Conventions in California, 1849-1892 by Winfield J. Davis (1893)

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