Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949

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Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston

Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston (grandson of John Breckinridge and uncle of Levin Irving Handy), 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.; during the Civil War 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.

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Chicago: U.S. Congress, "Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston," Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949 in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.885 Original Sources, accessed October 3, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L1U66YTP8MH5BVH.

MLA: U.S. Congress. "Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston." Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949, in U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.885, Original Sources. 3 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L1U66YTP8MH5BVH.

Harvard: U.S. Congress, 'Breckinridge, William Campbell Preston' in Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949. cited in , U.S. Congress, Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774–1949 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1950), P.885. Original Sources, retrieved 3 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L1U66YTP8MH5BVH.