The story of the 51 men and one women to hold the position of Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

Kentucky’s Governors 1792-1985

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Edited by Lowell H. Harrison – 238 pages – hard cover – 1985

In the 193 years of statehood, up to 1985, there have been fifty-one men and one woman who held the position of Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Some of these were famous and flamboyant characters. In the listing of these persons, one might remember William Goebel as the only governor in the history of the United States to die in office as the result of assassination. We are less likely to recall Goebel’s predecessor, who fled the state under an accessory to murder indictment, and few can identify George Madison, who had the unwished for distinction of being Kentucky’s first governor to die in office. Many facts are explored within these pages.

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