BRECKINRIDGE, John Bayne, (great-great-grandson of John Breckinridge, great-great-great-nephew
of James Breckinridge, and great-nephew of William Campbell Preston Breckinridge),
a Representative from Kentucky; born in Washington, D.C., November 29, 1913;
attended various Lexington schools, Massie Preparatory, Versailles, Ky., Tome Preparatory, Port
Deposit, Md.; A.B., University of Kentucky, 1937; LL.B., same university, 1939; admitted to the
Kentucky Bar in 1940 and commenced practice in Lexington; special attorney, Anti-Trust Division,
United States Department of Justice, 1940-1941; served in United States Army, 1941-1946, and
attained rank of lieutenant colonel; private law practice, 1946-1972; member, Kentucky house of
representatives, 1956-1960; attorney general of Kentucky, 1960-1964 and 1968-1972; corporation
counsel, city of Lexington, 1964; commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform
State Law, 1960-1964; delegate to Democratic National Convention, 1960; elected as a Democrat
to the Ninety-third and to the two succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1973-January 3, 1979);
unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1978 to the Ninety-sixth Congress; resumed the practice of
law in Lexington, Ky., where he died July 29, 1979; cremated; ashes interred at Lexington Cemetery.
Bibliography Klotter, James C. The Breckinridges of
Kentucky, 1760-1981. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 1986.