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Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell) (1821-1875) 1860 Pro-Breckinridge campaign ribbon, based on Brady portrait

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07769.04 Author/Creator: Breckinridge, John C. (John Cabell) (1821-1875) Place Written: [s.l.] Type: Object Date: 1860 ca. Pagination: 1 ribbon 19 x 6.5 cm

Background Information: Breckinridge, from Kentucky, served as Vice President of the United States 1857-1861, as United States Senator 1861-1862, and as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army. He was an unsuccessful ...candidate in the 1860 Presidential election.See More


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PhotographyElectionPoliticsGovernment and Civics

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