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  • Madeline 'Madge' Breckinridge (McDowell) (1872 - 1920)
    Madeline 'Madge' Breckinridge (McDowell) Madeline McDowell Breckinridge was a leader of the women’s suffrage movement and one of Kentucky's leading Progressive reformers. She was also known a...
  • Dr. Sophonisba Preston Breckenridge, JD, PhM, PhD (1866 - 1948)
    Dr. Sophonisba Preston Breckinridge, JD, PhM, PhD
  • Desha Breckenridge (1867 - 1935)
    Desha Breckenridge Breckinridge was the editor and publisher of the Lexington Herald from 1897 to 1935. In 1898, he married Madeline McDowell, who became nationally known as Madeline McDowell...
  • Judge Edward Whitfield Knott (1833 - 1910)
    Edward Whitfield Knott Judge E.W. Knott of Kirkwood, Mo., died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Edward Stubblefield, in Galveston, Texas, Saturday, July 16. Judge Knott was a brother of the late ...
  • Professor William Thomas Knott, PhD (1822 - 1899)
    Professor William Thomas Knott

Persons of note who were born, raised, or spent portions of their lives in the American Commonwealth of Kentucky. Additions to the list welcome.


  • John Adair pioneer and political leader;
  • Muhammad Ali , boxer
  • Alben W. Barkley vice president;
  • Louis D. Brandeis jurist;
  • John Mason Brown critic;
  • Kit Carson scout;
  • Champ Clark politician;
  • George Clooney actor;
  • Rosemary Clooney singer;
  • Irvin S. Cobb humorist;
  • Jefferson Davis president of the Confederacy;
  • Johnny Depp actor;
  • Irene Dunne actress;
  • Crystal Gayle singer;
  • David W. Griffith film producer;
  • John M. Harlan jurist;
  • Elizabeth Hardwick writer;
  • Casey Jones locomotive engineer;
  • Ashley Judd actress;
  • Naomi Judd singer;
  • Wynona Judd singer;
  • Barbara Kingsolver writer;
  • Abraham Lincoln president;
  • Loretta Lynn singer;
  • Bill Monroe bluegrass musician;
  • Carry A. Nation temperance leader;
  • Patricia Neal actress;
  • George Reeves actor;
  • Wiley B. Rutledge jurist;
  • Diane Sawyer broadcast journalist;
  • Phil Simms football player;
  • Adlai Stevenson vice president;
  • Allen Tate poet and critic;
  • Hunter Thompson writer;
  • Frederick M. Vinson jurist;
  • Robert Penn Warren novelist.


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