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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

John Cabell Breckinridge

 
 
John Cabell Breckinridge Marker (<i>collage of 3 tablets</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
1. John Cabell Breckinridge Marker (collage of 3 tablets)
Inscription.  
Citizen Lawyer
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

Statesman
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

Monument
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
Marker detail: Citizen Lawyer tablet image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
2. Marker detail: Citizen Lawyer tablet
fountains
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 this topic list: War, US Civil.
 
Location. Marker has been reported permanently removed. It was located near 38° 2.866′ N, 84° 29.906′ W. Marker was in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker was 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 was 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 location. 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); Silversmith Shop (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Slavery in Fayette Co. / Cheapside Slave Auction Block
Marker detail: Statesman tablet image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
3. Marker detail: Statesman tablet
(about 300 feet away); First Inauguration (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
 
More about this marker. Monument has been moved to Lexington Cemetery in Lexington, Kentucky.
 
Also see . . .
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 War and later
Marker detail: Monument tablet image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
4. Marker detail: Monument tablet
became an advocate of national reconciliation during Reconstruction. (Submitted on June 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
John Cabell Breckinridge Monument image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
5. John Cabell Breckinridge Monument
Erected by
the Commonwealth
of
Kentucky
A.D. 1887
John Cabell Breckinridge Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
6. John Cabell Breckinridge Sculpture
John Cabell Breckinridge image. Click for full size.
By Bradley Owen, October 11, 2019
7. John Cabell Breckinridge
Monument with new base located in the Lexington (Kentucky) Cemetery.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 258 times since then and 31 times this year. Last updated on February 1, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 23, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on February 1, 2021, by Bradley Owen of Morgantown, West Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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