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James Douglas BRECKINRIDGE

(Â1849)

BRECKINRIDGE, James Douglas, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Woodville, near Louisville, Jefferson County, Ky., birth date unknown; attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Va., 1800-1803; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Louisville, Ky.; member of the Kentucky state house of representatives, 1809-1811; appointed judge by Gov. Robert Desha in April 1826, but declined to serve; elected as a Republican to the Seventeenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative Wingfield Bullock (November 21, 1821-March 3, 1823); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1822 to the Eighteenth Congress; resumed the practice of law; died in Louisville, Ky., May 6, 1849; interment in St. John’s Cemetery; reinterment in St. Louis Catholic Cemetery, Louisville in 1867.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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