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
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 United States presidential election, 1860, winning nine Southern states. He served in the Confederate States Army, and was the last Confederate States Secretary of War, 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.

In 2010 the monument was moved about 50 feet to a new location facing Main Street. This was done as part of the Cheapside pavilion construction project.[3]