William Campbell Preston Breckinridge
|William Campbell Preston Breckinridge|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1895
|Preceded by||Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn|
|Succeeded by||William Claiborne Owens|
August 28, 1837|
|Died||November 18, 1904(aged 67)|
|Resting place||Lexington Cemetery|
|Relations||Cousin of John C. Breckinridge|
|Children||Sophonisba Breckinridge and Desha Breckinridge|
|Alma mater||Centre College
University of Louisville
|Allegiance||Confederate States of America|
|Service/branch||Confederate States Army|
|Battles/wars||American Civil War|
William Campbell Preston Breckinridge (August 28, 1837 – November 18, 1904) was a Democratic U.S. Representative from Kentucky, a Member of the Masonic Lodge, and a Member of the Knights Templar. He was the first cousin of Vice President of the United States John C. Breckinridge.
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky in 1855. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville in 1857. He returned to Lexington, Kentucky to engage in the practice of law.
Following the war, he returned to Lexington, Kentucky where he resumed the practice of law, taught jurisprudence at the University of Kentucky, and was ultimately elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1885. He held that position through five Congresses (the 49th Congress through the 53rd Congress). A Breach of Promise suit filed by a former mistress in 1894 may have ruined his political career.
At the November 1901 Convention of the State Federation of Labor in Lexington, Breckinridge delivered an eloquent speech in which he extolled the virtues of a six day work week, opposed violent strikes, and encouraged negotiations. The following day, the vice president of the group, James D. Wood, took over the convention and helped pass resolutions which called Breckinridge an "enemy of the trade and labor organizations of the state." The controversy which followed split the federation's membership.
Breckinridge, a member of the Breckinridge political family, died November 18, 1904, and is interred in Lexington Cemetery.
- Breckinridge Biographies 1 at www.breckinridge.com
- The Political Graveyard: Index to Politicians: Breckinridge at politicalgraveyard.com
- "The Personal Freedom of the Individual" — Breckinridge's Speech at the State Federation of Labor Convention
- "Colonel William (Willie) Campbell Preston Breckinridge - 9th Kentucky Cavalry, C.S." — Article by Civil War historian/author Bryan S. Bush
|United States House of Representatives|
Joseph C.S. Blackburn
|United States Representative from Kentucky's 7th District
William C. Owens