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Hardinsburg in Breckinridge County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

County Named, 1799

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
1. County Named, 1799 Marker
Inscription. For John Breckinridge, 1760-1806. Attorney General of Kentucky, 1793-97. Representative in Kentucky Legislature, 1797-1801. Coauthor with Jefferson of 1798 Kentucky Resolutions, opposing U.S. Alien and Sedition Acts. Appointed Attorney General of the U.S. in 1805. He was a key figure in the writing of the Kentucky Constitution, 1799. He served in the U.S. Senate, 1801-05.
 
Erected 1968 by Kentucky Historical Society & Kentucky Department of Highways. (Marker Number 1170.)
 
Location. 37° 46.869′ N, 86° 27.682′ W. Marker is in Hardinsburg, Kentucky, in Breckinridge County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street (Business U.S. 60) and South Main Street (Kentucky Route 261), on the right when traveling east on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is located near the northeast corner of the Breckinridge County Courthouse grounds, beside the sidewalk, just inside the fence. Marker is at or near this postal address: 208 South Main Street, Hardinsburg KY 40143, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Courthouse Burned (a few steps from this marker); First Coal Oil (approx. 10.2 miles away); Lincoln Family Trail (approx. 10.2 miles away).
 
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County Named, 1799 Marker (<i>tall view; looking east toward South Main Street</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
2. County Named, 1799 Marker (tall view; looking east toward South Main Street)

1. Breckinridge County History. Breckinridge County was established by an act of Kentucky General Assembly on December 9th, 1799 from a part of Hardin County. John Breckinridge, a Kentucky attorney general and legislator is the reason that Breckinridge County has it's name. He later served in the U.S. Senate and as U.S. Attorney General. Breckinridge County became the 39th county on January 1st, 1800. Some of Breckinridge County was used to form Meade County and Hancock County in 1829. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Breckinridge County, Kentucky. In August 1779, Sinclair Hardin was killed by Shawnee Indians while taking at drink at Big Springs. He was the first white settler in Breckinridge County to be killed by Native Americans. The Indian threat remained for the settlers for some years after that. Breckinridge County was established in 1799 from land formerly part of Hardin County. It was the 38th Kentucky county in order of formation. When Abraham Lincoln's father, Thomas Lincoln, moved from the Knob Creek Farm, his last Kentucky home, shortly after November 11, 1816, he traveled through Breckinridge County, working at odd jobs for several weeks. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. John Breckinridge (U.S. Attorney General)
County Named, 1799 Marker (<i>wide view; looking west along 2nd Street; related marker behind</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
3. County Named, 1799 Marker (wide view; looking west along 2nd Street; related marker behind)
. John Breckinridge was a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Virginia. He served in the state legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky, and in the U.S. Senate. Residents of the western frontier called for his nomination as vice president in 1804, but Jefferson appointed him as U.S. Attorney General in 1805 instead. He was the first cabinet-level official from the West but had little impact before his death from tuberculosis on December 14, 1806. He is the progenitor of Kentucky's Breckinridge political family and the namesake of Breckinridge County, Kentucky. (Submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
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County Named, 1799 Marker (<i>wide view; Breckinridge County Courthouse in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 17, 2017
4. County Named, 1799 Marker (wide view; Breckinridge County Courthouse in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 30 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 6, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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