History

Welcome to the Kentucky Secretary of State History Page! This Office has a rich history, and the men and women who have served as Secretary of State are a testament to public service. Here you can learn about:

This account of the Office and its past would not have been possible without the Kentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Library and Archives and the Margaret I. King Library at the University of Kentucky. Ron Bryant, noted Kentucky historian and author, and family members of past secretaries have brought to life many of the biographies shared here.

Past Secretaries of State and their staffs, through their tremendous contributions to the Commonwealth, are well-deserving of this tribute. Enjoy the treasures that lie within.

​For more information about the history of the Office of the Secretary of State, please read Ron Bryant's A History of the Office of the Secretary of State.