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John Breckinridge, the grandfather of John Cabell Breckinridge, was an American political figure in the period following the American Revolution. Born in Augusta County, Virginia, on December 2, 1760, he was known as a spokesman for the western interests in the new nation.His first involvement in politics was his election to the Virginia assembly, which took place while he was still a student at William and Mary College. He was elected to Congress, but gave up his seat and moved to Lexington, Kentucky, where he began to practice law.John Breckinridge served in the Kentucky legislature from 1798 to 1800 and then took a seat in the U.S. Senate, where he spent four years before entering Jefferson's cabinet as attorney general. He remained in that post until his death on December 14, 1806.The Breckinridge family remained prominent in Lexington in the decades that followed. John Breckinridge's grandson, John C. Although he was not initially in favor of the Mexican War, he served briefly in it.Elected first to the Kentucky legislature, John C. He was elected as Vice-President in the Election of 1856, becoming at 36 the youngest ever to hold the office. Senate from Kentucky, with the Senate appointment to come at the conclusion of his term as vice-president.In the Election of 1860, John C. The results in November gave him the electoral votes from eleven slave slates, but he couldn't carry his home state of Kentucky.After the firing on Ft. After Union forces established military rule in Kentucky, he fled south and served during the Civil War in a number of military campaigns, finally becoming secretary of war in February, 1865. He engaged in railroad development until his death on May 17, 1875.