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William C. P. Breckinridge Photograph,

Identifier: Ms-2014-011

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a single portrait photograph of Kentucky Congressman William C. P. Breckinridge, who once served as colonel of the 9th Kentucky Cavalry. In the form of a cabinet card produced by the Mullen Studio of Lexington, Kentucky, the photograph is autographed by Breckinridge. A note on the reverse side suggests that the photo was taken in 1887.


  • [1887?]


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from William C. P. Breckinridge Photograph must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Biographical Note

William Campbell Preston Breckinridge was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 28, 1837, a son of Robert J. and Ann Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge. After studying law at the University of Louisville, Breckinridge was admitted to the Kentucky bar in 1857. In 1861, he joined the Confederate Army as a captain and in 1862 was promoted to colonel of the 9th Kentucky Cavalry. At the close of the war, he commanded the Kentucky cavalry serving as bodyguard of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. Following the war, Breckinridge returned to Kentucky and worked as an attorney, a newspaper editor, and a professor at the University of Kentucky. He later entered politics and served five terms in the U. S. House of Representatives. A breach of promise lawsuit and scandal effectively ended his political career. Following his departure from political office, Breckinridge, with his son Desha, purchased the Lexington Morning Herald. William C. P. Breckinridge died on November 19, 1904.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Autographed cabinet card portrait photo of William C. P. Breckinridge, Congressional representative of Kentucky, formerly colonel of 9th Kentucky Cavalry.

Acquisition Information

The William C. P. Breckinridge Photograph was donated to Special Collections in 2005.

Physical Characteristics

0.1 cu. ft. 1 folder

Processing Information

The processing and description of the William C. P. Breckinridge Photograph commenced and was completed in October 2014.

A Guide to the William C. P. Breckinridge Photograph, 1887
A collection in Special Collections.
John M. Jackson
©2014 By Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. All rights reserved.
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, University Libraries (0434)
560 Drillfield Drive
Newman Library, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg Virginia 24061 US