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    Scarce White Metal Breckinridge for President Token

    Scarce (1860) John C. Breckinridge for President Campaign Token. Sullivan-DeWitt-JCB-1860-1, Satterlee-349. White metal, 38 mm, very scarce. Obverse bust facing left, JOHN C. BRECKINRIDGE OF KENTUCKY FOR PRESIDENT around. Reverse "Broad Shield" reverse, scratched in upper left field, eagle with shield and 13 stars. Lustrous, but with numerous contact marks and abrasions on both sides.
    Breckinridge served as vice president--the nation's youngest, taking office at age 35--under President James Buchanan. After losing in his bid for president, he was elected to the U.S. Senate from Kentucky. When the Civil War began in 1861, Breckinridge was expelled from the Senate for defending the Confederacy, and moved south and joined the Confederate Army as a brigadier general. Despite the different spellings, the towns of Breckenridge in Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, and Texas are all named in honor of Vice President Breckinridge.


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    September, 2008
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