CS Con -Breckinridge, Robert Jefferson Jr. - C.S. Congressman, KY

Robert Jefferson Breckinridge Jr.


Born: September 14, 1833

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Father: Rev. Robert Jefferson Breckinridge Sr. 1800 – 1871
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

Mother: Anne Sophonisba Preston 1803 – 1844
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

1st​ Wife: Kate Morrison 1837 – 1887
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

2nd​ Wife: Lilla Morrison 1843 – 1901
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

Kate Morrison Breckinridge 1857 – 1857​
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​
Robert Jefferson Breckinridge III 1859 – 1899​
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​
Henry Morrison Breckinridge 1873 – 1912​
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

Brother: U.S. Congressman William C. P. Breckinridge 1837 – 1904
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

Brother: Major General Joseph Cabell Breckinridge 1842 – 1920
(Buried: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky)​

Political Party: Democratic Party


Attended Centre College but didn’t graduate​
1852: Graduated from University of Virginia​
1856: Graduated from Transylvania University Law School​

Occupation before War:

Served with the United States Coast Survey​
1856 – 1861: Attorney in Lexington, Kentucky​

Civil War Career:

1861: Indicted for treason in U.S. District Court of Frankfort Nov. 6th​
1861 – 1862: Served with Company B, 2nd​ Kentucky Mounted Infantry​
1862: Resigned from the army having been elected Congressman​
1862 – 1864: Confederate States Congressman from Kentucky​
1862 – 1864: Member of House Foreign Affairs Committee​
1862 – 1864: Known to have taken extended leaves from Congress.​
1862 – 1864: Showed most of his interest in army issues.​
Proposed volunteers continuing in service by conscription be permitted to reenlist in any company of their choice.​
Opposed compulsory funding of treasury notes​
He supported the Davis Administration on most issues​
1864: Choose not to run for reelection to Confederate Congress​
1864: Commissioned Colonel of Cavalry to recruit behind enemy lines.​
1865: Captured in Woodford County, Kentucky on February 22nd​
1865: Prisoner of war held at Johnson’s Island Union Prison​
1865: Released from Prisoner of War camp on May 22nd​

Occupation after War:

1871: His Disabilities were removed by an act of Congress​
1876: Kentucky Delegate, Democratic Party National Convention​
Went to New York interested in practicing law​
Attorney in Danville, Kentucky​
Judge of seven-county common pleas court in Kentucky​

Died: March 13, 1915

Place of Death: Danville, Kentucky

Age at time of Death: 81 years old

Burial Place: The Lexington Cemetery, Lexington, Kentucky

Death 1.jpg

Death 2.jpg

Death 3.jpg
Last edited by a moderator:
Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
Not a brother to John C. Breckinridge but I bet they were related.I think he was a cousin as one biography states Robert Sr.was an uncle to John C.
Last edited: