Leaders From Kentucky

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Kentucky has produced a number of Leaders who have made it big. These include Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, Kit Carson, Dakota Meyer, John Bell Hood and others.
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Abraham Lincoln
(16th President of the United States (1861-1865))
Abraham Lincoln
85
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.

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Jefferson Davis
(Former President of the Confederate States (1862 - 1865))
Jefferson Davis
12
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 
Dakota Meyer
(United States Marine Corps)
Dakota Meyer
5
Birthdate: June 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer

Retired United States Marine, Dakota Meyer, is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan. He received the Medal of Honor for his actions during the Battle of Ganjgal, becoming the second-youngest living Medal of Honor recipient. Following his retirement, he sought help for post-traumatic stress disorder. He advocates for legalizing the medical use of cannabis.

 4 
Kit Carson
(Explorer & Soldier)
Kit Carson
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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.

 5 
Hal Moore
(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)
Hal Moore
7
Birthdate: February 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 10, 2017
 6 
Rob Riggle
(Actor)
Rob Riggle
19
Birthdate: April 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
 7 
John C. Breckinridge
(14th Vice President of the United States (1857 - 1861))
John C. Breckinridge
4
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.

 8 
Cassius Marcellus Clay
4
Birthdate: October 19, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: July 22, 1903
 9 
Scott Pruitt
(14th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency)
Scott Pruitt
4
Birthdate: May 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
 10 
John Bell Hood
(Confederate General)
John Bell Hood
3
Birthdate: June 1, 1831
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 30, 1879
 11 
Alben W. Barkley
(35th Vice President of the U.S)
Alben W. Barkley
3
Birthdate: November 24, 1877
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 30, 1956
 12 
Albert Sidney Johnston
(Military general)
Albert Sidney Johnston
3
Birthdate: February 2, 1803
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 6, 1862
 13 
Adlai Stevenson I
(23rd Vice President of the United States (1893-97))
Adlai Stevenson I
3
Birthdate: October 23, 1835
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: June 14, 1914
 14 
Richard Mentor Johnson
(Vice President of the United States (1837-41))
Richard Mentor Johnson
3
Birthdate: October 17, 1780
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: November 19, 1850
 15 
James Paul David Bunning
(Former baseball pitcher and politician who represented Kentucky in both chambers of the United States Congress)
James Paul David Bunning
3
Birthdate: October 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: May 26, 2017
 16 
Ron Cyrus
(Politician)
Ron Cyrus
4
Birthdate: July 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: February 28, 2006
 17 
Kelly Craft
(Businessperson, Politician)
Kelly Craft
0
Birthdate: February 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
 18 
John Marshall Harlan
(Former Attorney General of Kentucky)
John Marshall Harlan
3
Birthdate: June 1, 1833
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 14, 1911
 19 
Happy Chandler
(Politician)
Happy Chandler
3
Birthdate: July 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: June 15, 1991
 20 
Fred M. Vinson
(Politician)
Fred M. Vinson
3
Birthdate: January 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: September 8, 1953
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Albert Bacon Fall
(United States Senator)
Albert Bacon Fall
3
Birthdate: November 26, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 30, 1944
 22 
John Pope
(Military officer)
John Pope
3
Birthdate: March 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: September 23, 1892
 23 
John J. Crittenden
(Politician)
John J. Crittenden
3
Birthdate: September 10, 1787
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 26, 1863
 24 
James Clark McReynolds
(Attorney General)
James Clark McReynolds
2
Birthdate: February 3, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: August 24, 1946
 25 
John Sherman Cooper
(1st United States Ambassador to East Germany)
John Sherman Cooper
2
Birthdate: August 23, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 21, 1991
 26 
Simon Bolivar Buckner
3
Birthdate: April 1, 1823
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 8, 1914
 27 
Montgomery Blair
(lawyer, judge)
Montgomery Blair
2
Birthdate: May 10, 1813
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: July 27, 1883
 28 
Willis Augustus Lee
(Military officer, Sport shooter)
Willis Augustus Lee
2
Birthdate: May 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: August 25, 1945
 29 
William R. Higgins
(Military officer)
William R. Higgins
0
Birthdate: January 15, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: July 6, 1990
 30 
William James Crowe, Jr.
2
Birthdate: January 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 18, 2007
 31 
Oscar Underwood
(Politician)
Oscar Underwood
2
Birthdate: May 6, 1862
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 25, 1929
 32 
Champ Clark
(Politician)
Champ Clark
2
Birthdate: March 7, 1850
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 2, 1921
 33 
Julia Carson
(Politician)
Julia Carson
0
Birthdate: July 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 15, 2007
 34 
Francis Preston Blair, Jr.
2
Birthdate: February 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: July 8, 1875
 35 
Wendell Ford
(Politician)
Wendell Ford
0
Birthdate: September 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 22, 2015
 36 
Thomas Corwin
(Politician)
Thomas Corwin
1
Birthdate: July 29, 1794
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: December 18, 1865
 37 
James Gillespie Birney
1
Birthdate: February 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 25, 1857
 38 
John G. Carlisle
(Politician)
John G. Carlisle
1
Birthdate: September 5, 1834
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: July 31, 1910
 39 
William D. Coleman
(Politician)
William D. Coleman
0
Birthdate: July 18, 1842
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: July 12, 1908
 40 
Benjamin Bristow
1
Birthdate: June 20, 1832
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: June 22, 1896
 41 
Alfred Francis Russell
0
Birthdate: August 25, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 4, 1884
 42 
Richard J. Oglesby
1
Birthdate: July 25, 1824
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: April 24, 1899
 43 
Muhammad Ali
(12th Sultan of Brunei)
Muhammad Ali
0
Died: 1660 AD
 44 
Richie Farmer
(Basketball player)
Richie Farmer
0
Birthdate: August 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
 45 
Duff Green
(Teacher)
Duff Green
1
Birthdate: August 15, 1791
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 10, 1875
 46 
Clarence M. Pendleton Jr.
0
Birthdate: November 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: June 5, 1988
 47 
Henry Glass
(Rear admiral in the United States Navy)
Henry Glass
0
Birthdate: January 7, 1844
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 1, 1908