Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
John Cabell Breckinridge
Born January 16, 1821, Lexington, Kentucky
Graduate of Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, 1838
Received Law Degree from Transylvania University, 1841
President Kentucky Association, now Keeneland Association
In exile after Civil War, received Presidential amnesty
Returned to Lexington 1869, resumed practice of law
Active in insurance business and development of railroads
Died May 17, 1875, buried in Lexington Cemetery
Served in Kentucky House of Representatives, 1849-1850
Served in U.S. House of Representatives, 1851-1855
Youngest Vice-President in U.S. History, 1857-1861
Candidate for U.S. President, 1860
Served in U.S. Senate, 1861
Served as Secretary of War for the Confederacy, 1865
Erected by the John C. Breckinridge Monument Association
Dedicated November 16, 1887
Sculpted by Edward V. Valentine, Richmond, Virginia
Cast in New York City by Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company
Pedestal by Adams and Son, Lexington, Kentucky
Originally flanked by two cast-iron, tiered
Bronze statue and Virginia granite base exceed 25 tons
Relocated from center of Cheapside Park, 2010
Erected 1887 by The John C. Breckinridge Monument Association.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • War, US Civil.
Location. 38° 2.866′ N, 84° 29.906′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 60) and Cheapside, on the right when traveling north on West Main Street. Located in the Fifth Third Pavilion plaza at Cheapside Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 251 W Main St, Lexington KY 40507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lexington Courthouses / Cheapside (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); U.S. Vice President (within shouting distance of this marker); Peaceful Protests for Equality / Turning a Blind Eye to a Movement (within shouting distance of this marker); John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery in Fayette Co. / Cheapside Slave Auction Block Silversmith Shop (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
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1. John C. Breckinridge. John C. Breckinridge (1821-1875) was a politician who served as the 14th vice president of the United States and as a Confederate general during the Civil War (1861-65). A native of Kentucky, Breckinridge began his political career as a state representative before serving in the U.S. Congress from 1851-1855. Breckinridge was elected the 14th vice president of the United States in 1856, and then mounted an unsuccessful presidential bid in 1860. He joined the Confederacy at the start of the Civil War and served as a brigade commander at the Battle of Shiloh. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. John Cabell Breckinridge. At the time of his election as vice president of the United States, John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875) was considered to be one of America's most promising young leaders. Caught up in the battle over the extension of slavery, this once moderate Democrat became the presidential candidate of the extreme Southern wing of his party in 1860. Joining the Confederacy, he served with distinction in the Civil (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
3. Lexington, Ky. Approves Plan to Move Confederate Monuments. (This monument will be re-located in the future.) Government leaders in Kentucky's second-largest city took a decisive stand Thursday night in favor of moving two Confederate statues from their prominent places outside a former courthouse being converted into a visitors center. The proposal to relocate statues honoring Confederate officers John Hunt Morgan and John C. Breckinridge won unanimous approval from the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Council after nearly three hours of public testimony that overwhelmingly supported the resolution. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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