Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
U.S. Vice President
John Cabell Breckinridge, 1821-75, one of four Kentuckians - more than any state, except New York - who were U.S. Vice Presidents. Others were Adlai E. Stevenson, Richard M. Johnson, and Alben W. Barkley. In U.S. Congress, 1851-55. Elected Vice-President in 1856. Candidate of Southern Democrats for President in 1860, carrying nine Southern States. See over.
Breckinridge served as a major of Kentucky Volunteers, Mexican war. Elected to U.S. Senate in 1860. Becaem brig. general, Confederate Army, 1861, and was expelled from the Senate. In battles of Shiloh, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, and others. Confederate Secretary of War, Feb 1865 until surrender of Lee at Appomattox, April 1865. He was born and died in Lexington.
Erected 1964 by Kentucky Historical Society and Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 741.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kentucky Historical Society marker series.
Location. 38° 2.887′ N, 84° 29.883′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of Cheapside and West Short Street on Cheapside. Click for map. Located west of the historic Courthouse between West
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lexington Courthouses / Cheapside (within shouting distance of this marker); Silversmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette County (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery in Fayette Co. / Cheapside Slave Auction Block (within shouting distance of this marker); John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) (within shouting distance of this marker); First Inauguration (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); African American Physicians (about 500 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Lexington.
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