John and Joseph Cabell Breckinridge Letters
Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]
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John Breckinridge (Princeton Class of 1818), a Presbyterian clergyman and controversialist, was the son of John Breckinridge (1760-1806) and the brother of Joseph Cabell Breckinridge (Princeton Class of 1810). In 1820-21 John was a tutor at Princeton University and a student at the Princeton Theological Seminary; later, he was chaplain of Congress. After graduating from Princeton, Joseph went on to become a a lawyer, a Kentucky legislator, and eventually Kentucky's secretary of state.
The collection consists of letters by brothers John and Joseph Cabell Breckinridge. Included are eight letters by Joseph, written while a student at Princeton, to his uncle Col. James Breckinridge, and letters by John to Rev. Archibald Alexander, Rev. Joseph Wolff, Leslie Combs, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Greenburg W. Ridgeley.
Arranged by accession number.
The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.
The letters to Rev. Archibald Alexander, Leslie Combs, and Rev. Joseph Wolff were purchases.
The 1823 letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives was the gift of Samuel Miller.
The 1817 letter to Greenburg Ridgeley was a gift of H. I. Caesar.
The eight letters to James Breckinridge were a gift of Henry Breckinridge. Various AM.
Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 24, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.
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