U.S. Congressman. Born a cousin to Congressman James Breckinridge, Francis Preston, Attorney General John Breckinridge and brother of Senator John Brown, he attended Washington College Virginia, William and Mary College Virginia, studied law, was admitted to the bar and practice law in Frankfort, Kentucky. He commanded a company of sharpshooters in an expedition against the Indians, in 1789 and was secretary to the Kentucky Governor Isaac Shelby, (1792-96). After the cession of the Territory of Louisiana, he moved to New Orleans, was appointed as secretary of the Territory in 1804 and was also appointed United States District Attorney for the Territory. In 1812, he was elected as a Democratic Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John N. Destrehan, serving until 1817. He was again elected as an Adams-Clay Republican to the United States Senate, serving (1819-23). After his term, he was appointed United States Minister to France, serving (1823-29). He then returned to America and lived in retirement until his death at age 68.
Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith