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Breckinridge: Statesman, Soldier, Symbol


Historian William C. Davis’ comprehensive biography about Breckinridge, offering a laudatory account of Breckinridge’s spectacular political rise from state legislator to Vice President that distinguished his antebellum career. John C. Breckinridge served as James Buchanan’s Vice President.

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John C. Breckinridge rose to prominence during one of the most turbulent times in America’s history. Born to a well-known Kentucky family in 1821, he became a celebrated statesman, heroic soldier, and supporter of compromise. Widely respected, even by his enemies, for his dedication to moderate liberalism, Breckinridge’s charism and integrity led to his election as Buchanan’s Vice President at age 35, the youngest in America’s history.

Written by William C. Davis. Published by The University Press of Kentucky in 2010.

687 pages (including index). Soft cover.

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Weight 35.1 oz
Dimensions 9 × 6 × 1.6 in

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