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. Became 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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: War, Mexican-American • War, US Civil. In addition, it is included in the Kentucky Historical Society series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1856.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: 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); Silversmith Shop (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette County World War I Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Fayette County (within shouting distance of this marker); Slavery in Fayette Co. / Cheapside Slave Auction Block (within shouting distance of this marker); Peaceful Protests for Equality / Turning a Blind Eye to a Movement (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fayette National Bank Building (about 400 feet away); First Inauguration (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
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