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  • Gov. Happy Chandler, U.S. Senator (1898 - 1991)
    Albert Benjamin ("Happy") Chandler, Sr. (July 14, 1898 – June 15, 1991) was a politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He represented the state in the U.S. Senate and served as its 44th and 49th g...
  • Charles A. Wickliffe, Governor, U.S. Postmaster General (1788 - 1869)
    Charles Anderson Wickliffe (June 8, 1788 – October 31, 1869) was a U.S. Representative from Kentucky. He also served as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives, the 14th Governor of Kentucky...
  • Lt. General Simon Bolivar Buckner, Sr. (CSA) (1823 - 1914)
    . Simon Bolivar Buckner (April 1, 1823 – January 8, 1914) fought in the United States Army in the Mexican–American War and in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War. He later serve...
  • John Jordan Crittenden, US Attorney General (1787 - 1863)
    John Jordan Crittenden (September 10, 1787 – July 26, 1863) was a politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. He twice served as United States Attorney General – in the administrations of William Hen...
  • Steve Beshear, 61st Governor of Kentucky
    Steven Lynn "Steve" Beshear (born September 21, 1944) is an American politician who is the 61st Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. A Democrat, Beshear previously served in the Kentucky House o...

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.