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Desha Breckinridge-Samuel Wilson Letters, 1930

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Desha Breckinridge-Samuel Wilson Letters




Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931

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Preferred Citation Note

[Identification of item], Desha Breckinridge-Samuel Wilson letters, 1930, 98SC179,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.


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Note Desha Breckinridge, born in 1867 to W.C.P. and Issa (Desha) Breckinridge in Lexington, Kentucky, was a newspaper editor, horseman, and leader of the Progressive movement in Kentucky. Samuel MacKay Wilson, lawyer and historian, was born in 1871 in Louisville. He was a meticulous scholar who assembled a major collection of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, newspapers, and public documents relating to the westward movement in American history, especially the Ohio Valley and Kentucky. William Preston was a politician and soldier born near Louisville, Kentucky, in 1816. He participated in the Mexican War, gaining the rank of lieutenant colonel, and later became a U.S. congressman for Kentucky, advocating a pro-slavery position. He became minister to Spain in 1858, but resigned to join the Confederate States of America in 1861, where he rose to the rank of major general in the army.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of two letters between Desha Breckinridge, Lexington, Kentucky, and Samuel M. Wilson. The letters, dated November 12, 1930 and December 6, 1930, discuss a magazine containing a story about William C. Preston and his "rambles with Washington Irving."

Arrangement: Chronological


  • Breckinridge, Desha, 1867-1935 -Correspondence
  • Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946 -Correspondence
  • Newspaper editors -- Kentucky -- Fayette County
  • Lawyers -- Kentucky -- Jefferson County
  • Preston, William C. (William Campbell), 1794-1860
  • Wilson, Samuel M. (Samuel Mackay), 1871-1946

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