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Birth Name Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston
Gender male
Age at Death 67 years, 2 months, 21 days


BRECKINRIDGE, William Campbell Preston,  (grandson of John Breckinridge, uncle of Levin Irving Handy, and great-uncle of John Bayne Breckinridge), a Representative from Kentucky; born in Baltimore, Md., August 28, 1837; attended the common schools, Jefferson College, Chambersburg, Pa., and Pisgah Academy, Woodford County, Ky.; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1855 and from the law department of the University of Louisville in 1857; was admitted to the bar in 1857 and commenced practice in Lexington, Ky.; entered the Confederate Army in 1861 as captain and was subsequently promoted to the rank of colonel in the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry; was in command of the Kentucky cavalry designated to act as bodyguard for President Jefferson Davis and the members of his cabinet at the close of the Civil War; returned to Lexington, Ky., and was attorney for Fayette County; edited the Lexington (Ky.) Observer and Reporter 1866-1868; professor of equity and jurisprudence in the University of Kentucky at Lexington; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1876 and 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth and to the four succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for election in 1896 to the Fifty-fifth Congress; resumed the practice of law and also edited the Lexington Herald; died in Lexington, Ky., November 18, 1904; interment in Lexington Cemetery.


Davis, William C. Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol. 1974. Reprint, Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1992.


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson8 Mar 180027 Dec 1871
Mother Preston, Anne Sophonisba9 Apr 180320 Dec 1844
    Brother     Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson Jr. 14 Sep 1833 13 Mar 1915
    Sister     Breckinridge, Marie Lettice 14 Aug 1836 15 May 1905
         Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston 28 Aug 1837 18 Nov 1904
    Brother     Breckinridge, Joseph Cabell Sr. 14 Jan 1842 18 Aug 1920
    Brother     Breckinridge, Francis P. 14 Jul 1825
Father Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson8 Mar 180027 Dec 1871
Stepmother Shelby, Virginia Hart18091859
Father Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson8 Mar 180027 Dec 1871
Stepmother White, Margaret Faulkner


Family of Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston and Desha, Issa

Married Wife Desha, Issa ( * 18 Apr 1843 + 14 Jul 1892 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage 1861      
Name Birth Date Death Date
Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston1 Apr 186630 Jul 1948
Breckinridge, Desha5 Aug 186718 Feb 1935
Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson18701944
Breckinridge, Mary Curry Desha1 Sep 187524 Jun 1918

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