Breckinridge, John Cabell (01/15/1821-05/17/1875)

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  • Occupation: Politician, Vice President
  • Committees/Roles: Ex-officio as Vice President of the United States
  • Number of Terms: 1


  • Breckinridge, John C (John Cabell) 1821-1875
  • Board of Regents
  • United States. Office of the Vice President
  • Democratic Party (U.S.)


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Vice President (Democrat)


  • Was later elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky on March 4, 1861, but expelled from the Senate on December 4, 1861, due to his support for the Confederacy.
  • American National Biography. 24 volumes. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. New York: Oxford University Press, 1999; Jon L. Wakelyn, Biographical Dictionary of the Confederacy. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1977; Dictionary of American Biography. Volumes 1-20. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1928-1936; Stewart Sifakis, Who Was Who in the Civil War. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1988; William Davis, John C. Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol. Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press, 1974; Frank Heck, Proud Kentuckian, John C. Breckinridge, 1821-1875. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1976.

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  • Regent Tenure: 03/04/1857-03/04/1861
  • Civil War, 1861-1865


  • Politicians
  • History
  • Regents


United States



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