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Rev Robert Jefferson Breckinridge

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Rev Robert Jefferson Breckinridge

Birth
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Death 27 Dec 1871 (aged 71)
Danville, Boyle County, Kentucky, USA
Burial Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Section O, Lot 151
Memorial ID 8884596 View Source

Politician/Minister.

Educated at Princeton, Yale, and Union College. Graduated from Union in 1819 with a Bachelor of Arts. Obtained his liscense to practice law January 3, 1824. Elected to his first term in the House of the Kentucky Legislature November of 1825, and re-elected three more times before leaving public office due to personal difficulties.

In 1830, after a conversion of faith and joining the Presbyterian Church, he became a politcal/social speaker, arguing against the enslavement of Africans. He became liscensed to preach April 5, 1832, and was ordained in November of 1832. He was awarded an honorary Master of Arts from Princeton the same year. He became president of Jefferson College in Pennsylvania in 1845, a position he left in 1847 to pastor the First Presbyterian Church of Lexington, Kentucky. His last vocational move was to become the first Professor of Exegetic, Didactic, and Polemic Theology in the Presbyterian seminary at Danville, Kentucky.

During the Civil War, he helped establish the Danville Review, supporting the Union, and served as Lincoln's advisor in Kentucky.


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