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  • Wallace G. Wilkinson, Governor (1941 - 2002)
    Wallace Glenn Wilkinson (December 12, 1941 – July 5, 2002) was an American businessman and politician from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. From 1987 to 1991, he served as the state's fifty-seven...
  • John Y. Brown, Jr., Governor
    . John Young Brown, Jr. (born December 28, 1933) is a politician, entrepreneur, and businessman from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He served as the 55th governor of Kentucky from 1979 to 1983, although...
  • Louie B. Nunn, Governor (1924 - 2004)
    Louie Broady Nunn (March 8, 1924 – January 29, 2004) was the 52nd governor of Kentucky. His election in 1967 made him the first Republican to hold that office since the end of Simeon Willis' t...
  • Edward T. Breathitt, Governor (1924 - 2003)
    Edward Thompson "Ned" Breathitt, Jr. (November 26, 1924 – October 14, 2003) was a politician from the US state of Kentucky. A member of one of the state's political families, he was the 51st G...
  • Bert T. Combs, Governor (1911 - 1991)
    Bertram Thomas Combs (August 13, 1911 – December 4, 1991) was a jurist and politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. After serving on the Kentucky Court of Appeals, he was elected the 50th G...

List of Governors of Kentucky

Kentucky was initially Kentucky County in Virginia. It achieved statehood and was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1792; see the list of governors of Virginia for the period before statehood. There have been 57 governors, serving 61 distinct terms.

An unelected group proclaimed Kentucky's secession from the Union on November 20, 1861, and it was annexed by the Confederate States of America on December 10, 1861. The Confederate government elected two governors (listed separately), but it never held much control over the state, and the main line of governors was preserved.

Steve Beshear is the 61st and current (2013) governor, having served since December 11, 2007. Isaac Shelby was 1st and 5th Governor of Kentucky.