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Biographical Notes

(A Chronological list of the names of major family members, their spouses, and children is also available.)

Henry Breckinridge

  • 1886, May 25: Born, Chicago, Ill.
  • 1907: A.B., Princeton University,Princeton, N.J.
  • 1910: Cambridge, Mass. Cambridge LL.B, Harvard University,Cambridge, Mass. Married Ruth Bradley Woodman
  • 1910 - 1913 : Law practice, Lexington, Ky.
  • 1913 - 1916 : Assistant secretary of war
  • 1916 - 1917 : First vice president, Pacific Hardware and Steel Co.,San Francisco, Calif.
  • 1917 - 1919 : Served with American Expeditionary Forces
  • 1922 - 1960 : Law practice, New York, N.Y.
  • 1927: Married Aida de Acosta Root (divorced)
  • 1932: Counsel to Charles A. Lindbergh during kidnap ransom negotiations
  • 1934: Candidate of Constitutional Party for senator from New York
  • 1936: Entered presidential preference primaries in four states
  • 1947: Married Margaret Lucy Smith
  • 1960, May 2: Died, New York, N.Y

John Breckinridge

  • 1760, Dec. 2: Born near present site of Staunton, Va.
  • 1779 - 1780 : Attended College of William and Mary,Williamsburg, Va.
  • 1785: Virginia Virginia Admitted to Virginia bar Married Mary Hopkins Cabell
  • 1792: Virginia Virginia Lexington, Ky. Lexington Left Virginia and settled near Lexington, Ky.
  • 1792 - 1795 : Practiced law
  • 1795: Appointed attorney general of Kentucky
  • 1797 - 1801 : Served in Kentucky state legislature
  • 1801 - 1805 : Senator from Kentucky
  • 1805 - 1806 : Attorney general of the United States
  • 1806, Dec. 14: Died, Lexington, Ky.

John Cabell Breckinridge

  • 1821, Jan. 15: Born near Lexington, Ky.
  • 1839: Graduated from Centre College,Danville, Ky.
  • 1840 - 1841 : Studied law at Transylvania College,Lexington, Ky.
  • 1843: Married Mary Cyrene Burch
  • 1849 - 1851 : Represented Fayette County in Kentucky state legislature
  • 1851 - 1855 : Served in United States House of Representatives
  • 1856: Elected vice president of the United States
  • 1860: Presidential nominee of the Democratic National Convention
  • 1861: United States Senator from Kentucky
  • 1861 - 1865 : Served in Confederate army
  • 1865 - 1868 : Lived in exile in Europe
  • 1869: Returned to law practice in Lexington, Ky.
  • 1875, May 17: Died, Lexington, Ky.

Joseph Cabell Breckinridge

  • 1842, Jan. 14: Born, Baltimore, Md.
  • 1861: Joined United States Army; promoted through grades to major general, 1903
  • 1868: Married Louise Ludlow Dudley
  • 1889 - 1903 : Inspector general, United States Army
  • 1892 - 1899 : Vice president general, Sons of the American Revolution
  • 1898: Participated in Santiago campaign, Spanish-American War
  • 1900 - 1901 : President general, Sons of the American Revolution
  • 1920, Aug. 18: Died, Washington, D.C.

Madeline (McDowell) Breckinridge

  • 1872, May 20: Born, Woodlake, Ky.
  • 1898: Married Desha Breckinridge
  • 1919: 1912 - 1915 : President, Kentucky Equal Rights Association
  • 1913 - 1917 : Vice president, State Tuberculosis Commission
  • 1920, Nov. 15: Died, Lexington, Ky.

Robert Jefferson Breckinridge

  • 1800, Mar. 8: Born, Fayette County, Ky.
  • 1819: Graduated, Union College,Schenectady, N.Y.
  • 1823: Married Ann Sophonisba Preston (died, 1844)
  • 1824: Began law practice
  • 1825 - 1828 : Served in Kentucky state legislature
  • 1832: Princeton, N.J. Princeton Studied for the ministry at Princeton University,Princeton, N.J. Licensed to preach in Presbyterian church
  • 1832 - 1845 : Minister, Second Presbyterian Church,Baltimore, Md.
  • 1836: Representative of Presbyterian General Assembly in Glasgow, Scotland
  • 1845 - 1847 : President, Jefferson College
  • 1847: Lexington, Ky. Lexington Minister, First Presbyterian Church,Lexington, Ky. Married Mrs. Virginia (Hart) Shelby (died, 1859)
  • 1847 - 1851 : Superintendent of public instruction for Kentucky public school system
  • 1853 - 1869 : Professor, Danville Theological Seminary,Danville, Ky.
  • 1858: Publication of The Knowledge of God, Objectively Considered... (New York: R. Carter & Brothers, 530 p.)
  • 1859: Publication of The Knowledge of God, Subjectively Considered... (New York: R. Carter & Brothers, 697 p.) Married Margaret (Faulkner) White
  • 1871, Nov 27: Died, Danville, Ky.

Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge

  • 1866: Born, Lexington, Ky.
  • 1888: S.B., Wellesley College, Wellesley, Mass.
  • 1901: Ph.D., University of Chicago,Chicago, Ill.
  • 1902 - 1933 : Instructor and professor, University of Chicago,Chicago, Ill.
  • 1908 - 1920 : Resident of Hull House,Chicago, Ill.
  • 1915: Delegate to Women's Peace Congress,The Hague, Netherlands
  • 1930: Delegate to Pan-American Children's Congress,Lima, Peru
  • 1930: President, Illinois Welfare Association
  • 1933: Delegate to Pan-American Conference,Montevideo, Uruguay
  • 1934 - 1935 : President, American Association of Schools of Social Work
  • 1948, July 30: Died, Chicago, Ill.

William Campbell Preston Breckinridge

  • 1837, Aug. 28: Born, Baltimore, Md.
  • 1855: Graduated from Centre College,Danville, Ky.
  • 1857: Graduated from Louisville Law College and entered law practice, Louisville, Ky.
  • 1859: Married Lucretia Clay (died, 1860)
  • 1861: Married Issa Desha (died, 1892)
  • 1862: Joined Confederate Army
  • 1866 - 1868 : Editor of Lexington Observer and Reporter,Lexington, Ky.
  • 1884 - 1894 : Served in United States House of Representatives
  • ----: Married Louise R. Scott Wing
  • 1897: Became chief editorial writer for Lexington Morning Herald,Lexington, Ky.
  • 1904, Nov. 19: Died, Lexington, Ky.

Clifton Rodes Breckinridge

  • 1846, Nov. 22: Born, Lexington, Ky.
  • 1870 - 1883 : Cotton planter in Arkansas
  • 1876: Married Katherine Carson (also addressed as Catharine)
  • 1883 - 1894 : Member of United States House of Representatives
  • 1894 - 1897 : United States United States Russia Russian Federation United States minister to Russia
  • 1917: Democratic member of the Arkansas State Constitutional Convention
  • 1932, Dec. 3: Died, Fort Smith, Ark.

Chronological List of the Names of Major Family Members, Their Spouses, and Children

Papers of the individuals listed here make up the greater part of the Breckinridge Family Papers. Names of children who are known not to have survived to adulthood are omitted.

Major Family Members and Spouses Children John Breckinridge (1760-1806) m. Mary Hopkins Cabell (1788-1823) Grayson Porter Breckinridge (1786-1831) Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (1769-1858) John Breckinridge (1788-1823) Robert Jefferson Breckinridge (1800-1871) William Lewis Breckinridge (1803-1876) Robert Jefferson Breckinridge (1760-1806) m. (1) Ann Sophonisba Preston (d. 1844) Mary Cabell (Breckinridge) Warfield (b. 1828) Sally Campbell (Breckinridge) Morrison (1832-1865) Robert Jefferson Breckinridge (b. 1834) Marie L. Preston (Breckinridge) Handy (b. 1836) William Campbell Preston Breckinridge (1837-1904) Sophonisba Preston (Breckinridge) Steele (b. 1839) Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (1842-1920) (2) Virginia (Hart) Shelby (d. 1859) John Robert Breckinridge (b. 1850) (3) Margaret (Faulkner) White --- John Cabell Breckinridge (1821-1875) [son] of Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (1788-1823) m. Mary Cyrene Burch Joseph Cabell Breckinridge Clifton Rodes Breckinridge (1846-1932) Frances (Breckinridge) Steel John W. "Owen" Breckinridge Mary (Breckinridge) Maltby William Campbell Preston Breckinridge (1837-1904) m. (1) Lucretia Hart Clay (d. 1860) --- (2) Issa Desha (1843-1892) Ella Desha (Breckinridge) Chalkley (b. 1862) Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866-1948) Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935) Campbell Breckinridge Issa Desha Breckinridge Robert Jefferson Breckinridge Mary Curry Breckinridge (3) Louis R. Scott Wing --- Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (1842-1920) m. Louis Ludlow Dudley (1849-circa 1911) Mary Dudley (Breckinridge) Hines Robert Jefferson Breckinridge Joseph Cabell Breckinridge Louisa Dudley Breckinridge Ethelbert L. Dudley Breckinridge Mabel Warfield Breckinridge Lucian Scott Breckinridge Lucy Hayes Breckinridge Scott Dudley Breckinridge (1882-1941) Charles H. P. Breckinridge Henry [Skillman] Breckinridge (1886-1960) Margaret Scott S. Breckinridge John Preston Breckinridge Mary Desha (1850-1911) [sister-in-law of William Campbell Preston Breckinridge (1837-1904)] Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge (1866-1948) Madeline (McDowell) Breckinridge (1872-1920) m. Desha Breckinridge (1867-1935) Henry [Skillman] Breckinridge (1886-1960) m. (1) Ruth B. Woodman Elizabeth Foster Breckinridge Louis Dudley Breckinridge (2) Aida de Acosta Root -- (3) Margaret Lucy Smith Madeline Houston Breckinridge

Hereinafter cited as Henry Breckinridge ("Skillman" appears to have been dropped after his early years).

From the guide to the Breckinridge Family Papers, 1752-1965, (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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creatorOf Breckinridge Family Papers, 1752-1965 Library of Congress. Manuscript Division
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correspondedWith Addams, Jane, 1860-1935 person
correspondedWith Allen, Henry T. (Henry Tureman), 1859-1930 person
correspondedWith Barkley, Alben William, 1877-1956 person
correspondedWith Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Clifton Rodes, 1846-1932 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Desha, 1867-1935 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Henry, 1886-1960 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, John, 1760-1806 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell), 1821-1875 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Joseph Cabell, 1842-1920 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Katherine Carson. Katherine Carson Breckinridge papers. person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Madeline McDowell, 1872-1920 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Robert J. (Robert Jefferson), 1800-1871 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, Sophonisba Preston, 1866-1948 person
associatedWith Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston, 1837-1904 person
correspondedWith Catt, Carrie Chapman, 1859-1947 person
correspondedWith Church, William Conant, 1836-1917 person
correspondedWith Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908 person
correspondedWith Condon, John F. (John Francis), 1860-1945 person
associatedWith Confederate States of America. Army. corporateBody
associatedWith Constitutional Party. corporateBody
associatedWith Daughters of the American Revolution. corporateBody
associatedWith Desha, Mary, 1850-1911 person
correspondedWith Dodds, Harold W. (Harold Willis), 1889-1980 person
correspondedWith Early, Jubal Anderson, 1816-1894 person
correspondedWith Funk, Antoinette, -1942 person
correspondedWith Gallaudet, Edward Miner, 1837-1917 person
correspondedWith Greely, A. W. (Adolphus Washington), 1844-1935 person
correspondedWith Gruening, Ernest, 1887-1974 person
correspondedWith Guthrie, James, 1792-1869 person
correspondedWith Harlan, John Marshall, 1833-1911 person
correspondedWith Hayes, Rutherford Birchard, 1822-1893 person
correspondedWith Herbert, Hilary A. (Hilary Abner), 1834-1919 person
correspondedWith Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955 person
correspondedWith Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952 person
correspondedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 person
correspondedWith Johnson, Tom Loftin, 1854-1911 person
associatedWith Kentucky. Attorney General's Office. corporateBody
associatedWith Kentucky. General Assembly. corporateBody
correspondedWith Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987 person
correspondedWith Lawton, Henry Ware, 1843-1899 person
correspondedWith Lee, Robert E. (Robert Edward), 1807-1870 person
associatedWith Lindbergh, Charles Augustus, 1930-1932 person
correspondedWith Lodge, Henry Cabot, 1850-1924 person
correspondedWith Madison, James, 1751-1836 person
correspondedWith Marshall, John, 1755-1835 person
correspondedWith McKinley, William, 1843-1901 person
correspondedWith Miles, Nelson Appleton, 1839-1925 person
correspondedWith Miller, Samuel, 1769-1850 person
correspondedWith Monroe, James, 1758-1831 person
correspondedWith Morgan, John Hunt, 1825-1864 person
associatedWith Pan-American Conference (1933 : Montevideo, Uruguay) corporateBody
correspondedWith Perkins, Frances, 1880-1965 person
correspondedWith Porter, Horace, 1837-1921 person
correspondedWith Procopé, Hjalmar Johan Fredrik, 1889-1954 person
correspondedWith Proctor, Redfield, 1831-1908 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945 person
correspondedWith Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919 person
correspondedWith Selfridge, T. O. (Thomas Oliver), 1836-1924 person
correspondedWith Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919 person
correspondedWith Shelby, Isaac, 1750-1826 person
correspondedWith Shouse, Jouett, 1879-1968 person
correspondedWith Simms, Ruth Hanna McCormick, 1880-1944 person
associatedWith Sons of the American Revolution. corporateBody
correspondedWith Stevenson, Adlai E. (Adlai Ewing), 1835-1914 person
correspondedWith Straus, Oscar, 1870-1954 person
associatedWith United States. Army. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Army. Office of the Inspector General. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Attorney-General. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. House. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. Congress. Senate. corporateBody
associatedWith United States. War Department. corporateBody
correspondedWith Vinson, Fred M., 1890-1953 person
correspondedWith Wadsworth, James Wolcott, 1846-1926 person
correspondedWith White, William Allen, 1868-1944 person
correspondedWith Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924 person
correspondedWith Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel), 1874-1949 person
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