Breckinridge, John, Dd

Breckinridge, John, D.D., a Presbyterian minister, was born at Cabell's Dale, Ky., July 4th, 1797. He graduated at Princeton in 1815, and was at once tutor in the college and student in the theological school there from 1819 to 1821. He was licensed to preach in 1822, and was chaplain to the House of Representatives, 'Washington, 1822-23. In 1823 he was ordained pastor of a Presbyterian church in Lexington, Ky.; removed to Baltimore in 1826, and in 1831 became secretary of the Board of Education of the Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia). From 1836 to 1838 he was professor of theology at Princeton; 1838 to 1840, secretary of the Presbyterian Board of Foreign Missions. He died while on a visit to his friends in Kentucky, Aug. 4, 1841. He was a man of great vigor of mind and force of will, and was pre- eminent as an extempore preacher. His publications were few; among them are, Controversy with Bishop Hughes (1836); Memorial of Mrs. Breckinridge (1839).

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