Leaders From Kentucky

Kentucky has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Alben W. Barkley, Kit Carson, John C. Breckinridge and others.

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 1 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
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Famous As: 16th President of the United States (1861-1865)
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 15, 1865

A self-educated lawyer, Abraham Lincoln rose from modest background to become one of the greatest presidents of America. The 16th president of the country, who is also known as Honest Abe and the Great Emancipator, played a crucial role in establishing a truly democratic government, abolished slavery, modernised economy and led the country during the American Civil War.

 2 Jefferson Davis

Jefferson Davis
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Famous As: Former President of the Confederate States of America
Birthdate: June 3, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 6, 1889

Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. He was also the U.S. secretary of war and had fought in the Mexican–American War earlier. He was against secession. He wrote an autobiography named The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.

 3 Kit Carson

Kit Carson
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Famous As: Explorer & Soldier
Birthdate: December 24, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 23, 1868

A frontiersman and a fur-trapper, Kit Carson played a major role in the US’s westward expansion. Mostly known for guiding explorer John C. Frémont, he was criticized for his contribution to the displacement of native Americans as an Indian agent. He became part of folk legend for his exploits as a fighter, too.

 4 Hal Moore

Hal Moore
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Famous As: Former lieutenant colonel in command of the 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, at the Battle of Ia Drang in 1965, during the American War in Vietnam
Birthdate: February 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 10, 2017

 5 Rob Riggle

Rob Riggle
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus

 6 Cassius Marcellus Clay

Cassius Marcellus Clay
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 19, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 22, 1903

 7 John C. Breckinridge

John C. Breckinridge
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Famous As: Vice President of the United States (1857-61)
Birthdate: January 16, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 17, 1875

From being the youngest vice-president of the United States to joining the Confederate Army during the American civil war, John Breckinridge was a controversial figure in politics. While he was regarded as a shrewd military commander, the former Democratic Congressman was considered a traitor in the northern region. He fled the US after the Civil War but later on returned.

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 8 John Bell Hood

John Bell Hood
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Famous As: Confederate General
Birthdate: June 1, 1831
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 30, 1879

 9 Alben W. Barkley

Alben W. Barkley
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Famous As: 35th Vice President of the U.S
Birthdate: November 24, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 30, 1956

 10 Scott Pruitt

Scott Pruitt
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Famous As: 14th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
Birthdate: May 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus

 11 Richard Mentor Johnson

Richard Mentor Johnson
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Famous As: Vice President of the United States (1837-41)
Birthdate: October 17, 1780
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 19, 1850

 12 Adlai Stevenson I

Adlai Stevenson I
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Famous As: 23rd Vice President of the United States (1893-97)
Birthdate: October 23, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 14, 1914

 13 James Paul David Bunning

James Paul David Bunning
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Famous As: Former baseball pitcher and politician who represented Kentucky in both chambers of the United States Congress
Birthdate: October 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 26, 2017

 14 Ron Cyrus

Ron Cyrus
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 28, 2006

 15 Albert Sidney Johnston

Albert Sidney Johnston
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Famous As: Military general
Birthdate: February 2, 1803
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 6, 1862

 16 Kelly Craft

Kelly Craft
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Famous As: Businessperson, Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces

 17 John Marshall Harlan

John Marshall Harlan
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Famous As: Former Attorney General of Kentucky
Birthdate: June 1, 1833
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 14, 1911

 18 Happy Chandler

Happy Chandler
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 15, 1991

 19 John Pope

John Pope
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: March 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 23, 1892

 20 Fred M. Vinson

Fred M. Vinson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 8, 1953

 21 John J. Crittenden

John J. Crittenden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 10, 1787
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 26, 1863

 22 Albert Bacon Fall

Albert Bacon Fall
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: November 26, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 30, 1944

 23 James Clark McReynolds

James Clark McReynolds
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Famous As: Attorney General
Birthdate: February 3, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 24, 1946

 24 John Sherman Cooper

John Sherman Cooper
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Famous As: 1st United States Ambassador to East Germany
Birthdate: August 23, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 21, 1991

 25 Simon Bolivar Buckner

Simon Bolivar Buckner
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Famous As: Soldier
Birthdate: April 1, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 8, 1914

 26 William James Crowe, Jr.

William James Crowe, Jr.
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Famous As: Navy Admiral
Birthdate: January 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 18, 2007

 27 Montgomery Blair

Montgomery Blair
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Famous As: lawyer, judge
Birthdate: May 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 27, 1883

 28 William R. Higgins

William R. Higgins
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Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: January 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 6, 1990

 29 Oscar Underwood

Oscar Underwood
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 6, 1862
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 25, 1929

 30 Willis Augustus Lee

Willis Augustus Lee
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Famous As: Military officer, Sport shooter
Birthdate: May 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 25, 1945

 31 Champ Clark

Champ Clark
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 7, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 2, 1921

 32 Julia Carson

Julia Carson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 15, 2007

 33 Wendell Ford

Wendell Ford
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 22, 2015

 34 Francis Preston Blair, Jr.

Francis Preston Blair, Jr.
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 8, 1875

 35 Thomas Corwin

Thomas Corwin
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 29, 1794
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 18, 1865

 36 James Gillespie Birney

James Gillespie Birney
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 25, 1857

 37 John G. Carlisle

John G. Carlisle
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 5, 1834
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 31, 1910

 38 Benjamin Bristow

Benjamin Bristow
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: June 20, 1832
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 22, 1896

 39 William D. Coleman

William D. Coleman
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 18, 1842
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 12, 1908

 40 Alfred Francis Russell

Alfred Francis Russell
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 25, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 4, 1884

 41 Richard J. Oglesby

Richard J. Oglesby
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Famous As: Governor
Birthdate: July 25, 1824
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 24, 1899

 42 Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali
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Famous As: 12th Sultan of Brunei
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Died: 1660 AD

 43 Richie Farmer

Richie Farmer
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: August 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo

 44 Duff Green

Duff Green
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: August 15, 1791
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 10, 1875

 45 Clarence M. Pendleton Jr.

Clarence M. Pendleton Jr.
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Famous As: Administrator
Birthdate: November 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 5, 1988

 46 Henry Glass

Henry Glass
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Famous As: Rear admiral in the United States Navy
Birthdate: January 7, 1844
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 1, 1908