1821 – Born on January 16th at ‘Cabell’s Dale’, near Lexington, Kentucky. Representative and a Senator from Kentucky and a Vice President of the United States.
1840 – He was admitted to the bar.
– Moved to Burlington, Iowa, but soon returned and began practice in Lexington, Kentucky.
1847-1848 – He was a major of the Third Kentucky Volunteers during the Mexican War.
1849 – Became a member of the State house of representatives.
1851 – Elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses.
1856 – Elected Vice President of the United States on the Democratic ticket with James Buchanan as President.
1860 – He was the pro-slavery candidate for the presidency, but was defeated by Lincoln.
1861 – Elected to the United States Senate until expelled by resolution of December 4th, for support of the rebellion.
1862 – He was appointed a Confederate major-general, and secretary of war in Jefferson Davis’s cabinet.
– Entered the Confederate Army during the Civil War as brigadier general and soon became a major general.
1865 – Secretary of War in the Cabinet of the Confederate States.
1875 – Died on May 17th in n Lexington, Kentucky.