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John Breckinridge

Born: Dec 2, 1760

Death: Dec 14, 1806

Birthplace: Augusta County

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

John Breckinridge

Date of Birth : Dec 2, 1760
Date of Death : Dec 14, 1806
Birth Place : Augusta County

John Breckinridge was a lawyer and politician from the U.S. state of Virginia. He served in the state legislatures of Virginia and Kentucky before being elected to the U.S. Senate and appointed United States Attorney General during the second term of President Thomas Jefferson. He is the progenitor of Kentucky's Breckinridge political family and the namesake of Breckinridge County, Kentucky. Breckinridge's father was a local politician, and his mother was a member of the Preston political family. Breckinridge attended the William and Mary College intermittently between 1780 and 1784; his attendance was interrupted by the Revolutionary War and his election to the Virginia House of Delegates. One of the youngest members of that body, his political activities acquainted him with many prominent politicians. In 1785, he married "Polly" Cabell, a member of the Cabell political family. Despite making a comfortable living through a combination of legal and agricultural endeavors, letters from relatives in Kentucky convinced him to move to the western frontier. He established "Cabell's Dale", his plantation, near Lexington, Kentucky, in 1793.


  • Lawyer
  • Politician


  • Mary Hopkins Cabell


  • Robert Jefferson Breckinridge
  • Hon. Joseph Cabell Breckinridge
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