It is alleged the first girl Prince Harry Windsor kissed, was Sophia Hesketh. Sophia appears to have dated Freddy Windsor. Sophia’s sister, Flora, is also a British Socialite. These sisters are my distant kin, related to the Witherspoons. I lived with Dottie Witherspoon. Being facebook friends of William and Harry, I suggested Will invite Reese Withersppon to his wedding in order to extend hands across the water. To the Hesketh sisters acknowlege their American roots?
THE HON. SOPHIE HESKETH
As the first girl Harry is rumoured to have ever kissed, flaxen-haired Sophia, 26, will no doubt always hold a place in the Prince’s heart. They were last seen dancing together at a charity ball in 2007, despite the fact that Chelsy was also there.
Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh
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Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 1st Baron Hesketh (17 November 1881–20 July 1944), known as Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, 8th Baronet, from 1924 to 1935, was a British peer, soldier and Conservative Member of Parliament.
Hesketh was the son of Sir Thomas George Fermor-Hesketh, 7th Baronet, and Florence Emily Sharon,daughter of U.S. Senator William Sharon. He was educated at Eton, the Royal Military College, Sandhurst, and Trinity College, Cambridge.
He achieved the ranks of 2nd Lieutenant in the Royal Horse Guards, Captain in the Lancashire Hussars Yeomanry and Honorary Major in the Territorial Army and also served as a Justice of the Peace for Lancashire and for Northamptonshire. Hesketh sat briefly as a Member of Parliament for Enfieldfrom 1922 to 1923 and was later High Sheriff of Northamptonshire in 1932.
He succeeded his father as eighth Baronet of Ruffield in 1924 and in 1935 he was raised to the peerage as Baron Hesketh, of Hesketh in the County Palatine of Lancaster.
Lord Hesketh married Florence Louise Breckinridge, of Kentucky, daughter of John Witherspoon Breckinridge, and granddaughter of General John C Breckinridge, Vice-President of the United States, in 1909. They had three sons and two daughters (Flora and Louise). Their eldest son Lieutenant the Hon. Thomas Sharon Fermor-Hesketh was killed in an aeroplane accident in France in 1937. Lord Hesketh died in July 1944, aged 62, and was succeeded in his titles by his second son Frederick. His third son John married Patricia Macaskie Cole in 1946. His grandson Alexander Fermor-Hesketh, 3rd Baron Hesketh, is a former Conservative government minister. Florence, the Dowager Lady Hesketh died 1956.
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John C. Breckinridge
1865–1875 photograph of John C. Breckinridge, attributed to Mathew Brady or Levin Handy. Scanned from original negative and retouched.
14th Vice President of the United States
March 4, 1857 – March 4, 1861
President James Buchanan
Preceded by William R. King
Succeeded by Hannibal Hamlin
5th Confederate States Secretary of War
February 6, 1865 – May 10, 1865
President Jefferson Davis
Preceded by James A. Seddon
Succeeded by Office abolished
United States Senator
March 4, 1861 – December 4, 1861
Preceded by John J. Crittenden
Succeeded by Garrett Davis
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky’s 8th district
March 4, 1851 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by Charles Morehead
Succeeded by Alexander Keith Marshall
Born January 16, 1821(1821-01-16)
Died May 17, 1875(1875-05-17) (aged 54)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Cyrene Burch Breckinridge
Alma mater Centre College, College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), Transylvania University
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Years of service 1861 – 1865
Rank Major General
Battles/wars Mexican–American War
American Civil War
John C. Breckinridge in his younger years.John Cabell Breckinridge (January 16, 1821 – May 17, 1875) was an American lawyer and politician. He served as a U.S. Representative and U.S. Senator from Kentucky and was the 14th Vice President of the United States(1857–1861), to date the youngest vice president in U.S. history, inaugurated at age 36.
In the 1860 presidential election, he ran as one of two candidates of the fractured Democratic Party, representing Southern Democrats. Breckinridge came in third place in the popular vote, behind winner Abraham Lincoln, a Republican, and Stephen Douglas, a Northern Democrat, but finished second in the Electoral College vote.
Following the outbreak of the American Civil War, he served in the Confederate States Army as a generaland commander of Confederate forces prior to the 1863 Siege of Port Hudson, Louisiana, and of the young Virginia Military Institute cadets, at the 1864 Battle of New Market in Lexington, Virginia. He also served as the fifth and final Confederate Secretary of War.
A member of the prominent Breckinridge family of Kentucky, John C. Breckinridge was the grandson of John Breckinridge (1760–1806), who served as a Senator and Attorney General. He was also the father of congressman and diplomat Clifton Rodes Breckinridge and the great-grandfather of actor John Cabell “Bunny” Breckinridge.
1 Early life and education
2 Legal, military, and political career in the antebellum period
3 Civil War
4 Postbellum career and legacy
5 See also
8 External links
 Early life and educationBreckinridge was born at Cabell’s Dale near Lexington, Kentucky, to Joseph Cabell Breckinridge and Mary Clay Smith. He graduated from Centre College in Danville, Kentuckyin 1839 and later attended the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). He then studied law at Transylvania University in Lexington and was admitted to the bar in 1840.
 Legal, military, and political career in the antebellum periodHe moved to Burlington, Iowa, but soon returned to Lexington and commenced the practice of lawthere. He was married to Mary Cyrene Burch on December 12, 1843, in Georgetown, Kentucky. In 1847 and 1848, during the Mexican–American War, Breckinridge was a majorof the 3rd Kentucky Volunteers.
Breckinridge was a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives in 1849 as a Democrat. He was then elected to the Thirty-second and Thirty-third Congresses (March 4, 1851 – March 4, 1855). He did not run for reelection and, instead, was nominated as Minister to Spain by President Franklin Pierce but declined. He was elected Vice President of the United States in 1856 on the Democratic ticket with James Buchananas president. He was the youngest Vice President in U.S. history, elected at the age 35, the minimum age required under the United States Constitution.
Breckinridge was an unsuccessful candidate for president in the 1860 election. Nominated by the Southern faction of the split Democratic Party, he was supported by incumbent Democratic president Buchanan and ran on a pro-slavery platform. The race put Breckinridge at odds with his uncle, Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, who had supported Lincoln.
Far from expectant of victory, in a letter to Varina Davis, Breckinridge bemoaned “I trust I have the courage to lead a forlorn hope.” In a four-way contest, he came in third in the popular vote, with 18.1%, but second in the Electoral College, winning the states of the Deep South as well as the border states of Maryland and Delaware.
However, Breckinridge received almost no support in the most of the Northern states (which Lincoln swept except for split electoral votes from New Jersey going to Douglas and Lincoln) but, as the candidate of the Buchanan faction, did outpoll Douglas in Pennsylvania and won Delaware and received some support comparable to Douglas in Connecticut. Breckinridge lost to Douglas in Missouri and lost to Constitutional Union Party nominee John Bell in Virginia, Bell’s home state of Tennessee, and even Breckinridge’s own home state of Kentucky.
Despite losing the presidency, he was elected the same year to the United States Senate by the Kentucky Legislature. He served from March 4, 1861, and, as the outgoing vice president, swore in Lincoln’s vice president, Hannibal Hamlin.
Despite the secession of the Southern states and the formation of the Confederate States of America, Breckinridge remained in the Senate until he was expelled by resolution on December 4, 1861, for supporting the South; ten Southern Senators had been expelled earlier the same year. Fearing arrest, he fled to the Confederacy. Unlike other Confederate leaders, such as Robert E. Lee, who claimed obeisance to the will of their states, Breckinridge broke with his state after the Kentucky Legislature voted to remain in the Union.
 Civil WarBreckinridge entered the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War as a brigadier general and soon became a major general, originally commanding the 1st Kentucky Brigade, nicknamed the Orphan Brigade because its men felt orphaned by Kentucky’s state government, which remained loyal to the Union. He fought in many battles in the Western Theater, beginning with the Battle of Shiloh, in which he was wounded. He served as an independent commander in the lower Mississippi Valley, securing Confederate control of the area by taking Port Hudson.
Breckinridge developed an intense personal dislike of General Braxton Bragg, the commander of the Army of Tennessee. He considered him incompetent, a point of view shared by many other Confederate officers. Furthermore, Breckinridge felt that Bragg was unfair in his treatment of Kentucky troops in Confederate service, such as the Orphan Brigade. Throughout the war, Breckinridge felt a strong personal need to see to the welfare of his fellow Kentuckians. For his part, Bragg despised Breckinridge and tried to undermine his career with accusations that he was a drunkard. At the Battle of Stones River in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Bragg ordered Breckinridge’s division to launch a near-suicidal attack on the Union lines on January 2, 1863. Breckinridge survived the attack, but his division suffered heavy casualties. Breckinridge was devastated by the disaster; he lost nearly one-third of his Kentucky troops, primarily the Orphan Brigade. As he rode among the survivors, he cried out repeatedly, “My poor Orphans! My poor Orphans.”
Breckinridge continued to fight with Bragg’s army, figuring prominently in the Confederate assaults on the second day, September 20, 1863, of the Battle of Chickamauga, and in the unsuccessful defense of Missionary Ridge in Chattanooga, November 25, 1863.
Breckinridge as brigadier generalIn early 1864, Breckinridge was brought to the Eastern Theater and put in charge of Confederate forces in the Shenandoah Valley. He defeated a superior Union force at the Battle of New Market, which included the famous charge of cadets from the Virginia Military Institute. Shortly thereafter, Breckinridge reinforced Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia and played an important role in the Battle of Cold Harbor, where his troops repulsed a powerful Union attack.
In the summer, Breckinridge participated in Lt. Gen. Jubal Early’s Raid on Washington, moving north through the Shenandoah Valley and crossing into Maryland. He fought at the Battle of Monocacy in early July and was with Early when the Confederate force probed the defenses of Washington, D.C.. Since Lincoln was watching the fight from the ramparts of Fort Stevens, this was only time in American history when two former opponents in a presidential election faced one another across battle lines.
Breckinridge’s statue at the Lexington History CenterFollowing his service with Early’s command, Breckinridge took command of Confederate forces in southwestern Virginia in September, where Confederate forces were in great disarray. He reorganized the department and led a raid into northeastern Tennessee. Following a victory outside of Saltville, Breckinridge discovered that some Confederate troops had killed scores of black Union soldiers of the 5th United States Colored Cavalry the morning after the battle, an incident that shocked and angered him. He attempted to have the commander responsible, Felix Huston Robertson, arrested and put on trial, but was unable to achieve this before the Confederacy disintegrated.
In early 1865, Breckinridge was made Confederate States Secretary of War, a post he would hold until the end of the war. Breckinridge saw that further resistance on the part of the Confederacy was useless and worked to lay the groundwork for an honorable surrender, even while President Jefferson Davis fiercely desired to continue the fight.
During the chaos of the fall of Richmond in early April 1865, Breckinridge saw to it that the Confederate archives, both government and military, were not destroyed but rather captured intact by the Union forces. By so doing, he ensured that a full account of the Confederate war effort would be preserved for history. Breckinridge went with Davis during the flight from Virginia as the Confederacy collapsed, while also assisting General Joseph E. Johnston in his surrender negotiations with William T. Sherman at Bennett Place. Breckinridge continued to try to persuade Davis that further resistance would only lead to greater loss of life, but he also felt honor bound to protect the President from harm. Eventually, the two became separated in the confusion of the journey.
 Postbellum career and legacy
John Breckinridge in his postbellum years.
Breckinridge’s GravestoneBreckinridge feared that he would be put on trial for treason by the United States government and resolved to flee the country. He and a small band sailed from Florida in a tiny boat to reach safety in Cuba. He continued to the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United Kingdom again. He returned to Lexington, Kentucky, in March 1869 after being granted amnesty, and resumed the practice of law. While turning down suggestions that he become active in politics again, he spoke out strongly against the Ku Klux Klan. He became vice president of the Elizabethtown, Lexington, and Big Sandy Railroad Company. He died in Lexington of complications from cirrhosis and was interred in Lexington Cemetery.
Breckinridge had ample reason to fear charges of treason; in 1863, premature rumors of his death prompted the New York Times to print a quite vituperative obituary arguing that Kentucky’s decision to stay in the Union denied Breckinridge the notion of states’ rights to justify his siding with the Confederacy.
The towns of Breckenridge, Colorado; Breckenridge, Minnesota; Breckenridge, Missouri; and Breckenridge, Texas, were named in honor of the Vice President (despite the different spelling). The Colorado town deliberately changed the spelling of its name when its namesake joined the Confederacy.
Breckinridge was the first Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in Kentucky.
A memorial to Breckinridge was placed on the Fayette County Courthouse lawn (now known as Cheapside Park) in Lexington in 1887. In 2009, the monument was relocated closer to Main Street as part of a reworking of Cheapside Park.