Since becoming a state in 1792, Kentucky has been been led by 56 Governors. Each of these men and women has added to the fabric of our state's unique history.
Click here to read more about our current Governor and the responsibilities of the office.
The Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives maintains a database of all of our Governors. Scroll through the list below to read about thier lives and accomplishments. If several of their names are familiar it may be because many Kentucky counties are named for past governors. Can you name which ones?
These links will navigate away from the Secretary of State's Kids' Website.
First governor of Kentucky, Isaac Shelby. Photo Ky. Historical Society.
Current Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear.