John C. Breckinridge Memorial

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Breckinridge, John C., Memorial
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John C. Breckinridge Memorial is located in Kentucky
John C. Breckinridge Memorial
Location Lexington, Kentucky
Coordinates 38°2′53.03″N 84°29′55.17″W / 38.0480639°N 84.4986583°W / 38.0480639; -84.4986583Coordinates: 38°2′53.03″N 84°29′55.17″W / 38.0480639°N 84.4986583°W / 38.0480639; -84.4986583
Built 1887
Architect Henry-Bonnard Broze Co., NY
Architectural style No Style Listed
Governing body Local
MPS Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP July 17, 1997

John C. Breckinridge Memorial, on the courthouse lawn of Lexington, Kentucky, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 17, 1997, as part of the Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS. It commemorates John C. Breckinridge, who had been born and died in Lexington. He was Vice President for James Buchanan and ran against Abraham Lincoln in the election of 1860, winning nine Southern states. He served in the Confederate Army, and was the last Secretary of War for the Confederacy, fleeing the county after the South lost.

The memorial was done by New York's Henry-Bonnard Bronze Company. The pedestal is made of granite, with the statue done in bronze. Breckinridge is seen standing contraposto[2] The state government of Kentucky funded the construction of the monument.

Breckinridge's memorial was made 24 years before the John Hunt Morgan Memorial, also on the courthouse lawn and part of the Civil War Monuments of Kentucky MPS.

The Fayette County Courthouse has been moved, the building now serves as the Lexington History Museum.



  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23. 
  2. ^ Civil War in Kentucky