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KENTUCKY KY                                             Political  History
  • June 1, 1792 - Kentucky is the 15th state admitted to the Union, the first state to be carved from the great western wilderness.
    Area - 40,411 sq. miles        Capital - Frankfort 
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    - Kentucky' has 120 counties.

    Motto - United we stand, divided we fall. / Deo gratiam habeamus (Latin - Let us be grateful to God.    Nickname - Bluegrass State
- The first known use of the word "Kentucke" was in 1753.
- Daniel Boone with five others head to Kentucky in 1768, when hired for camp work.
- Daniel Boone attempts to bring his family to Kentucky but is turned back when one of his sons is killed in an Indian attack.
- A party of 36 men, and two women led by Daniel Boone blazed the Wilderness Trail in 1775 to establish Fort Boonesborough in today's Madison County, Kentucky.
- One of the oldest military organizations in the U.S. is the Kentucky National Guard which was organized in 1775 as the Kentucky Militia.            
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- The first known public worship service was conducted in 1775 by Anglican Reverend John Lyth.
- Daniel Boone moves his family to Boonesborough in 1775.
- Kentucky becomes a county of Virginia in 1776.
- The first known school in Kentucky was organized in 1776 in Harrodsburg by Jane Coomes.
- The First Black woman to arrive in Kentucky was Molly Logan in 1776.
- In 1778 Daniel Boone is captured by the Shawnee and escapes to warn and defend Boonesborough from an Indian attack.
- Daniel Boone's daughter Jemima and the Calloway girls are kidnapped by the Shawnee, and later rescued by Boone.
- The first military governor of Kentucky, Colonel John Bowman, establishes Bowman's Station in what is now Mercer County.
- In 1780 Walker's Line is the boundary of southern Kentucky as set by the controversial survey by Dr. Thomas Walker.
- A petition of over 600 settlers in Kentucky and Illinois was sent to the Continental Congress in 1780, requesting a new state along the Ohio Valley.
- The District of Kentucky is made om 1783 by the Virginia General Assembly.
- First of ten conventions is held in 1784 at Danville to discuss separation of Kentucky from Virginia.
- "The Discovery, Settlement, and Present State of Kentucke" is published by John Filson in 1784.
- Burbon, Madison and Mercer Counties are created in 1785.
- In 1787 Lexington's John Bradford begins publishing The Kentucke Gazette, the states first newspaper.
- Mason and Woodford become counties in 1788.
- Conditions are set by the 1789 Virginia Compact; the Fourth Enabling Act .
- The last major Indian attack in Kentucky was against the settlers near today's Middletown in 1789 and called the Chenoweth Massacre .
- The first U.S. census of 1790 shows 16% of Kentucky's population of 73,077 were African-American slaves.
- Kentucky becomes the 15th state on June 1, 1792.
- Isaac Shelby becomes Kentucky's first Governor in 1792.            
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- Lexington had been the capital of Kentucky but the State Legislature approves Frankfort in 1792 as the first official state capital along with the state motto, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."
- Clark, Green, and Hardin Counties are chartered in 1793.
- In 1796 James Garrard is elected governor on a second ballot by electors.
- Bracken, Bullitt, Christian, Garrard, Montgomery, and Warren Counties are chartered in 1796.
- Kentucky's second constitution is adopted in 1799.
- Breckinridge, Floyd, Knox, and Nicholas Counties are chartered in 1800.
- Wayne county is chartered in 1801.
- Greenup County is chartered in 1804.
- In a duel in 1806 over comments about his wife, Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson.
- Casey County is chartered in 1806.
- Estill County is chartered in 1808.
- Jefferson Davis is born Fairview, Kentucky. He became president of the Confederate States of America.
- In 1809 Abraham Lincoln is born in Hodgenville.
- Harlan, Hart, Owen, and Simpson Counties are chartered in 1819.
- Grant, Monroe, Todd, and Trigg Counties are chartered in 1820.
- Calloway, Hickman, and Perry Counties are chartered in 1821.
- Lawrence and Pike Counties are chartered in 1822.
- Morgan and Oldham Counties are chartered in 1823.
- Graves, Meade, and Spencer Counties are chartered in 1824.

- Edmonson and McCracken Counties are chartered in 1825.
- Laurel and Russell Counties are chartered in 1826.
- Anderson County is chartered in 1827.
- The legislature charters the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike in 1829.

Hancock County is chartered in 1829.             © Copyright 2005 Roger W Hancock
The "Old State Capitol" (Today's), designed by Gideon Shryock is completed in 1830 as the third state capitol.
- Kentucky's commercial importation of slaves is banned by the 1833 Nonimportation Act.
- Marion County is chartered in 1834.

Clinton County is chartered in 1836.
Trimble County ischartered
in 1837.
- Widows with school age children are allowed, by the General Assembly, to vote in elections for school trustees in 1838.
- The Board of Education is established in 1838 by the legislature.
- Breathitt County is chartered in 1839.

Kenton County is chartered in 1840.
Ballard, Boyle, Crittenden, Letcher, and Marshall Counties are chartered in 1842.
Johnson, Larue, and Owsley Counties are chartered in 1843.
Over 5,100 Kentuckians enter military service to fight the Mexican War, during 1846 and 1847.
Taylor County is chartered in 1848.
- Zachary Taylor, Kentucky hero of Mexican War, in 1849 becomes the 12th president of United States.
- Pro-slavery proponents control the writing of the third state constitution repeal the Nonimportation Act in 1848 and adopts the constitution in 1850.
- Blacks recently freed are required to leave the state by law enacted by the 1851 General Assembly.

- Uncle Tom's Cabin is published in 1852 by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
Powell County is chartered in 1852.
- Delia Webster as a School Teacher in 1844 was arrested for assisting runaway slaves; in 1854 she buys a Trimble County farm making it a stop along the Underground Railroad.
Lyon and McLean Counties are chartered in 1854.
-Both houses of the General Assembly are captured by the Know-Nothing Party.

Jackson County is chartered in 1858.             © Copyright 2005 Roger W Hancock
- In the 1860
presidential election Kentuckians voting favor John Bell (45.18%), John C. Breckinridge (36.35%), and Stephen Douglas (17.54%) over Abraham Lincoln (0.93%).
Boyd, Magoffin, Metcalfe, Webster, and Wolfe Counties are chartered in 1860.
Kentucky's Governor Magoffin refused Lincoln's request for troops to suppress the rebellion in South Carolina and issues a proclamation of state neutrality in 1861.
- Kentuck's first battle of the Civil War was won by the Confederates at Barbourville in 1861.

- President Andrew Johnson ordered the end of Kentucky's military rule in 1865.
Bell and Robertson Counties are chartered in 1867.
- Frank and Jesse James allegedly take part in a Russellville bank robbery in 1868.

Elliott and Menifee Counties are chartered in 1869.
Lee and Martin Counties are chartered in 1870
The 1872 General Assembly passed a bill giving Blacks equal legal rights in the state's courts
John Marshall Harlan, a Boyle County native is appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1877, beginning thirty-four years as "The Great Dissenter."
Leslie County is chartered in 1878.
- The Hatfield-McCoy feud begins in 1882. It is the most well known of the Kentucky feuds that were fought between the Civil War and early 20th century.

Knott County is chartered in 1884.
Carlisle County is chartered in 1886.
- State Treasurer, "Honest Dick" Tate flees the state in 1888, with a major portion of the Kentucky state treasury.
- Josephine Henry is the first woman in the South to run for public office in 1890 when becoming a candidate for the office of Clerk of the Kentucky Court of Appeals.
- The Current version of and the fourth state constitution is adopted in 1891.
- Kentucky's Christian County native Adlai E. Stevenson is elected vice-president under Grover Cleveland in 1892.
- The Kentucky legislature holds
a record-breaking session from December 30, 1891 to July 3, 1893 bringing state laws into compliance with the 1891 constitution.
- The Weissinger Act is signed in 1894 by Governor John Y. Brown, also known as the Married Women's Property Act
, allowing Women to own property separately from their husbands.
- Kentucky's first Republican governor, William O. Bradley, is elected in 1895.
- Emma Guy Cromwell becomes the first woman to hold a statewide office when elected in 1895 by the Kentucky Senate as state librarian.            
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- The first (RFD) Rural Free Delivery mail routes in the U.S. begin in Kentucky's Todd County.
- Kentucky's name-sake battleship, the USS Kentucky is launched in 1898.
- When the gubernatorial election is contested, the Kentucky legislature meet in 1899 to decide between
Republican William S. Taylor or Democrat William Goebel.
- Kentucky had four different governors within three months time, between early December of 1899 and early February of 1900.
- Governor William Goebel was shot during the Legislature's deliberations by an assassin and when decided he won the election is sworn in before dieing on February 3rd; his running mate, John Crepps Wickliffe Beckham of Nelson County succeeded him. 
- Carry A. Nation assaults saloons with a hatchet in Elizabethtown attempting to draw attention to Women's Temperance and the evils of alcohol.
- In 1902 at Churchill Downs in Louisville the first Kentucky State Fair is held.
- The Day Law takes effect in 1904 establishing segregation in public and private schools.
General Assembly enacts the state's first child labor law
The fourth-and current-Capitol is dedicated in Frankfort.
McCreary County in 1912 is the last county to be chartered. Kentucky has 120 counties.
The Anti-lynching Law is passed in 1913 by the General Assembly.
- America enters World War I in 1917. Nearly 100,000 Kentuckians will serve in the war effort with 3,000 will losing their lives.
- The first woman elected to a state legislature in the south (south of the Mason-Dixon line) was Mary Elliott Flanery from Boyd County in 1921.
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- In 1921 the law passed making it legal for women to serve on juries.
- The cardinal is adopted as Kentucky's state bird in 1926. 
- The goldenrod is adopted in 1926 as the Kentucky State flower.
- Louisville's Charles Anderson becomes the first Black elected to the Kentucky Legislature in 1935.
- In 1936 Florence Thompson is the first female sheriff in Davis County History. She was in charge of Kentucky's last legal hanging.
- Charles W. Anderson, in 1936, becomes the first African-American to serve in the Kentucky Legislature.
- Kentucky's last legal public hanging took place on August 14, 1936 in Owensboro. 
- Fort Knox is selected in 1936 as the location to establish the U.S. Gold Depository. 
- As of 1940 four in five rural Kentucky homes did not have electricity.
- "Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition!" is cried out by a military chaplain from Kentucky's Murray county during the Pearl Harbor Attack.
- The nation enters World War II in 1941.

- Frederick M. Vinson of Louisa in 1946, is the first from Kentucky to be appointed chief justice of the United States.
- The Kentucky State Police force is established in 1848 by the General Assembly.
- The first woman elected to the Kentucky Senate was Carolyn Conn Moore in 1949.
- Around 90,000 Kentuckians ultimately will have served in the Korean War the began in 1950.
- A directive in 1954 issued
to all public school districts
by the state Department of Education ends school segregation.
- Eighteen-year-olds are allowed to vote for the first time in a general election in 1956.
- The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights is created in 1960 by the State Legislature.
- The first Black woman elected to the the Kentucky State Legislature is Amelia Tucker in 1961.
- The first soldier from Kentucky dies in in the Vietnam War in 1962.
- Kentucky in 1966 becomes the first Southern state to pass a comprehensive civil rights law.
Louie B. Nunn of Barren County is elected in 1967, as the first Republican in twenty-four years.
- The first black woman to serve in the Kentucky Senate is Georgia M. Davis Powers in 1968.
 troops to the University of Kentucky campus after
- A university building is burned during an antiwar demonstration in 1970 and Governor Nunn orders in the Kentucky National Guard.

- The state's first woman lieutenant governor is Thelma Stovall in 1975.
- During the Vietnam War 125,000 Kentuckians serve with 1066 dead or missing in action by 1975.

- The 1975
Louisville Riots break out, after a federal judge required schools to transport students by bus to achieve a racial balance.
- An amendment to the state constitution, ratified by the voters in 1988, allowing the legislature to establish a lottery to raise money for the state general fund.

- Kentucky passes the 1990 Education Reform Act.             
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- More than
1,400 Kentuckians in the National Guard serve in the Gulf War, in Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990.
- The Bicentennial of Kentucky is celebrated on June 1st, 1992.
- The election of 1996 sees the Anne Northup, of Louisville, as the first Kentucky woman elected to Congress since 1926.

One Vote Counts in Kentucky.
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