Cyclopædia of Political Science, Political Economy, and the Political History of the United States

Edited by: Lalor, John J.
(?-1899)
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1881
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New York: Maynard, Merrill, and Co.
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1899
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Includes articles by Frédéric Bastiat, Gustave de Molinari, Henry George, J. B. Say, Francis A. Walker, and more.
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BRECKENRIDGE

I.156.1

BRECKENRIDGE, John Cabell, vice-president of the United States 1857-61, was born Jan. 21, 1825, at Lexington, Ky., where he died May 17, 1875. In 1860 he was nominated for the presidency by the slavery-extension wing of the democratic party (see DEMOCRATIC-REPUBLICAN PARTY,) and was defeated; but in the same year was elected United States senator, his term expiring in 1866. He took considerable part in the extra session of 1861 (see REBELLION,) then went south and became a major general in the confederate army. He was expelled from the senate by vote in December, 1861. As his state had shown no intention to secede, his action in taking service under a foreign and hostile government was remarkable from any point of view of the relations between state and federal governments. After the rebellion he practiced law in his native place until his death.

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