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James Breckinridge (1763–1833)


Breckinridge was a correspondent of Bushrod Washington.


James Breckinridge, brother of senator and U.S. Attorney General John Breckinridge, was born on 7 March 1763 near Fincastle, Botetourt County (then Augusta County), Virginia. After service in the Revolutionary War, he studied law under George Wythe and opened a practice in Fincastle.


Donald W. Gunter, "James Breckinridge (17631833)," in Sara B. Bearss et al., eds., The Dictionary of Virginia Biography, Volume II, Bland-Cannon (Richmond: The Library of Virginia, 2001), 20810.

"Thomas Jefferson to James Breckinridge, 6 October 1818," Founders Online, National Archives, [Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Retirement Series, vol. 13, 22 April 1818 to 31 January 1819, ed. J. Jefferson Looney. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016, pp. 303–304.]

James Breckinridge at Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

James Breckinridge at House History.

James Breckinridge at Find a Grave.

James Breckinridge at FamilySearch.