1860 Part 3. John Breckinridge.

 

UPDATE!: I have also included a dramatic reading of the premature New York Times obituary of John Breckinridge, given while he was thought killed as a Confederate General in the Civil War… but actually still alive. Oops. But it’s awesome. Listen here.

FINALLY, we wrap up the divisive election of 1860. With perhaps the most interesting man of the three, John Cabell Breckinridge. He was the youngest Vice President, a scion of a powerful political family, and later a Confederate general and perhaps the most-hated man in the United States. In other circumstances, he could have been one of the greats. Oh well. That’s history for you.

Listen here.

And then take a gander at Breckinridge, who might possibly be our dreamiest Loser.

 

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Vice President Breckinridge.

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Slightly younger Breck, just as handsome.

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Your basic drawing of Breck.

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Young, spooky-eyed Breckinridge.

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Breckinridge in living color.

Honest Abe Taking Them on the Half Shell

Currier and Ives print of Lincoln and the election.

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Election paraphenalia!

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The beginning of the war, and the moustache.

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Check the moustache on this Confederate Breckinridge.

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That moustache deserves its own Vice Presidency.

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Breckinridge with an octopus on his head. As you do.

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The most important Breckinridge, ‘Bunny’, as he appeared in Plan 9 from Outer Space.

 

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