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John C. Breckinridge

Breckinridge Democratic

Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1860 Breckinridge Democratic President 33975 Loss

Candidate Biography:

John Cabell Breckinridge
Born: January 16, 1821 in Lexington, Kentucky
Married: Mary Cyrene Burch
Child: Joseph Cabell, Clifton Rhoads, Frances, John Milton, John W., Mary Desha
Military Service: Confederate Army (Civil War)
Family: Great-grandson of John Witherspoon, who signed the Declaration of Independence
Died: May 17, 1875 in Lexington, Kentucky

1851-1855: Member, United States House of Representatives [Kentucky]
1857-1861: Vice President of the United States
1861: Member, United States Senate [Kentucky]
1865: Secretary of War, Confederate States of America

  • Breckinridge was the youngest person ever to be Vice President of the United States.
  • PLACENAME: The cities of Breckenridge in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri and Texas were named for Breckinridge.
  • On June 7, 1865, Breckinridge and a group of confederate fugitives highjacked a large boat and sailed it to Cuba to escape federal authorities.