Presbyterians of the Past

Archive - November 2015

Alfred H. Mathes, 1828-1878

The walking distance by the most direct route from the location of what was once Washington College in Washington County, Tennessee, to the Presbyterian seminary in Princeton, New Jersey, is just short of six-hundred...

“B” Is for Breckinridge

During the early to middle decades of the nineteenth century there was likely not an issue of a western Presbyterian periodical that did not have at least one mention of the name, “Breckinridge.” The August 10, 1865...

Mary Cabell Breckinridge, 1769-1858

Just north of Lexington, Kentucky, heading east for about two miles from exit 120 of Interstate 75 along Ironworks Pike through the scenic bluegrass horse farms with their rail fences and white barns is located a stone...

John Breckinridge, 1797—1841

Dr. Samuel Miller’s eldest daughter, Margaret, made the acquaintance of John Breckinridge during his student years in the village of Princeton and they were married in January 1823. They enjoyed a happy marriage and...

William L. Breckinridge, 1803-1876

William Lewis Breckinridge, the eighth child of Hon. John and Mary Hopkins (Cabell) Breckinridge, was born at Cabell’s Dale near Lexington, Kentucky, July 22, 1803. He would be the youngest son to grow to maturity...

Samuel M. Breckinridge, 1828-1891

When Samuel Miller Breckinridge entered the Fort Street Presbyterian Church in Detroit, Michigan, for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in 1891, he found himself in a spacious and ornate sanctuary. The...