Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield was born on 5 November 1851 at Gasmere, a country estate near Lexington, Kentucky, to a family rich with American and religious heritage. His mother, Mary Cabell Breckinridge, was the daughter of the prominent Presbyterian preacher-theologian Robert Jefferson Breckinridge, and a descendent of John B. Breckinridge, a United States Senator and Attorney General under President Thomas Jefferson. Warfield's father, William Warfield, was descended from English Puritan ancestors who had fled to America to avoid persecution. Warfield received his BA from the College of New Jersey at Princeton in 1871, where President James MCCOSH was an early influence. After study at universities in Edinburgh and Heidelberg in 1872–3, Warfield graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1876, and then studied at Leipzig in 1876–7. He served as an assistant pastor in Baltimore, Maryland in 1877–8.
From The Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers in Oxford Reference.