John C. Breckinridge The 14th Vice President of USA

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14th  (Mar 04, 1857 - Mar 04, 1861)
Age at start:  36 years 1 month 20 days
Age:  54 years 4 months 2 days
Height: 0'0", 0 cm
Born: Jan 16, 1821
Born place: Lexington, Kentucky
Net worth: < $1 Million
Death date:  May 17, 1875
Lawyer, Military personnel
Centre College (BA), College of New Jersey (renamed Princeton), Transylvania University

John Cabell Breckinridge (January 16, 1821 - May 17, 1875) was an American lawyer, politician, and soldier. He represented Kentucky in both houses of Congress and became the 14th and youngest-ever vice president of the United States, serving from 1857 to 1861. He was a member of the Democratic Party, and served in the U.S. Senate during the outbreak of the American Civil War, but was expelled after joining the Confederate Army. He was appointed Confederate secretary of war in 1865.
Breckinridge was born near Lexington, Kentucky to a prominent local family. After serving as a non-combatant during the Mexican-American War, he was elected as a Democrat to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1849, where he took a states' rights position against interference with slavery. Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1851, he allied with Stephen A. Douglas in support of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. After reapportionment in 1854 made his re-election unlikely, he declined to run for another term. He was nominated for vice president at the 1856 Democratic National Convention to balance a ticket headed by James Buchanan. ... read more on
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