John Cabell Breckinridge, (1821-1875), James Buchanan's vice president of the United States (1857-1861) before giving his allegiance to the Confederacy. Born near Lexington, Ky., on Jan. 15, 1821, he was educated at Centre College and Transylvania University and became a lawyer.

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