– May 13
) was a Virginia
lawyer and politician
. He served in the Virginia House of Delegates
, as well as the U.S. House of Representatives
. He was also fought in the American Revolutionary War
and served as a brigadier-general
during the War of 1812
Family and early life
Breckinridge was born near Fincastle
, Botetourt County, Virginia
. His brother was John Breckinridge
and he was the great-great-great-uncle of John Bayne Breckinridge
. He studied under private tutors and during the Revolutionary War, he served in Colonel Preston's rifle regiment under General Nathanael Greene
. He attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University
) and was graduated from the College of William and Mary
in 1785. He studied law and was admitted to the bar and practiced in Fincastle.
Breckinridge served as a delegate to the Virginia House of Delegates for the terms 1789-1802, 1806-1808, 1819-1821 and 1823-1824. He took a special interest in the construction of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. He was then elected as a Federalist to the Eleventh Congress and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1809-March 3, 1817). He was an associate of Thomas Jefferson in the establishment of the University of Virginia and served as brigadier general in the War of 1812.
Death and afterward
Breckinridge died at his country home, "Grove Hill," Botetourt County, Virginia, May 13
and was buried in the family burial plot on his estate near Fincastle.