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# Governor Party Term Lt. Governor
1 Isaac Shelby Democratic-Republican June 4, 1792 - June 7, 1796 Office did not exist
2 James Garrard Democratic-Republican June 7, 1796 - September 5, 1804 Alexander Scott Bullitt (1800-1804)
3 Christopher Greenup Democratic-Republican September 5, 1804 - September 1, 1808 John Caldwell (died November 19, 1804; Thomas Posey
4 Charles Scott Democratic-Republican September 1, 1808 - August 24, 1812 Gabriel Slaughter
5 Isaac Shelby Democratic-Republican August 24, 1812 - September 5, 1816 Richard Hickman
6 George Madison Democratic-Republican September 5, 1816 - October 14, 1816 (died in office) Gabriel Slaughter
7 Gabriel Slaughter Democratic-Republican October 14, 1816 - August 29, 1820 Vacant
8 John Adair Democratic-Republican August 29, 1820 - August 24, 1824 William T. Barry
9 Joseph Holmes Desha Democratic-Republican August 24, 1824 - August 26, 1828 Robert B. McAfee
10 Thomas Metcalfe National Republican August 26, 1828 - September 4, 1832 John Breathitt
11 John Breathitt Democratic September 4, 1832 - February 21, 1834 (died in office) James Turner Morehead
12 James Turner Morehead National Republican February 21, 1834 - August 30, 1836 Vacant
13 James Clark Whig August 30, 1836 - August 27, 1839 (died in office) Charles A. Wickliffe
14 Charles A. Wickliffe Whig August 27, 1839 - September 2, 1840 Vacant
15 Robert P. Letcher Whig September 2, 1840 - September 4, 1844 Manlius Valerius Thomson
16 William Owsley Whig September 4, 1844 - September 6, 1848 Archibald Dixon
17 John J. Crittenden Whig September 6, 1848 - July 31, 1850 (resigned) John L. Helm
18 John L. Helm Whig July 31, 1850 - September 2, 1851 Vacant
19 Lazarus W. Powell Democratic September 2, 1851 - September 4, 1855 John Burton Thompson
20 Charles S. Morehead Know Nothing September 4, 1855 - August 30, 1859 James Greene Hardy
21 Beriah Magoffin Democratic August 30, 1859 - August 18, 1862 (resigned) Linn Boyd (died December 17, 1859)
22 James Fisher Robinson Democratic August 18, 1862 - September 1, 1863 Vacant
23 Thomas E. Bramlette Democratic September 1, 1863 - September 3, 1867 Richard Taylor Jacob
24 John L. Helm Democratic September 3, 1867 - September 8, 1867 (died in office) John W. Stevenson
25 John W. Stevenson Democratic September 8, 1867 - February 3, 1871 (resigned) Vacant
26 Preston Leslie Democratic February 3, 1871 - August 31, 1875 John G. Carlisle
27 James B. McCreary Democratic August 31, 1875 - September 2, 1879 John C. Underwood
28 Luke P. Blackburn Democratic September 2, 1879 - September 5, 1883 James E. Cantrill
29 J. Proctor Knott Democratic September 5, 1883 - August 30, 1887 James R. Hindman
30 Simon Bolivar Buckner Democratic August 30, 1887 - September 2, 1891 James William Bryan
31 John Y. Brown Democratic September 2, 1891 - December 10, 1895 Mitchell Cary Alford
32 William O'Connell Bradley Republican December 10, 1895 - December 12, 1899 William Jackson Worthington
33 William S. Taylor Republican December 12, 1899 - January 31, 1900 (removed from office) John Marshall
34 William Goebel Democratic January 31, 1900 - February 3, 1900 (assassinated) J. C. W. Beckham
35 J. C. W. Beckham Democratic February 3, 1900 - December 10, 1907 William P. Thorne (as of 1903)
36 Augustus E. Willson Republican December 10, 1907 - December 12, 1911 William Hopkinson Cox
37 James B. McCreary Democratic December 12, 1911 - December 7, 1915 Edward J. McDermott
38 Augustus Owsley Stanley Democratic December 7, 1915 - May 19, 1919 (Resigned) James D. Black
39 James D. Black Democratic May 19, 1919 - December 9, 1919 Vacant
40 Edwin P. Morrow Republican December 9, 1919 - December 11, 1923 S. Thruston Ballard
41 William J. Fields Democratic December 11, 1923 - December 13, 1927 Henry Denhardt
42 Flem D. Sampson Republican December 13, 1927 - December 8, 1931 James Breathitt, Jr.
43 Ruby Laffoon Democratic December 8, 1931 - December 10, 1935 Happy Chandler
44 Happy Chandler Democratic December 10, 1935 - October 9, 1939 (Resigned) Keen Johnson
45 Keen Johnson Democratic October 9, 1939 - December 7, 1943 Rodes K. Myers
46 Simeon Willis Republican December 7, 1943 - December 9, 1947 Kenneth H. Tuggle
47 Earle Clements Democratic December 9, 1947 - November 27, 1950 (Resigned) Lawrence Wetherby
48 Lawrence Wetherby Democratic November 27, 1950 - December 13, 1955 Emerson Beauchamp
49 Happy Chandler Democratic December 13, 1955 - December 8, 1959 Harry Lee Waterfield
50 Bert Combs Democratic December 8, 1959 - December 10, 1963 Wilson W. Wyatt
51 Ned Breathitt Democratic December 10, 1963 - December 12, 1967 Harry Lee Waterfield
52 Louie Nunn Republican December 12, 1967 - December 7, 1971 Wendell Ford
53 Wendell Ford Democratic December 7, 1971 - December 28, 1974 (Resigned) Julian Carroll
54 Julian Carroll Democratic December 28, 1974 - December 11, 1979 Thelma Stovall
55 John Y. Brown, Jr. Democratic December 11, 1979 - December 13, 1983 Martha Layne Collins
56 Martha Layne Collins Democratic December 13, 1983 - December 8, 1987 Steve Beshear
57 Wallace Wilkinson Democratic December 8, 1987 - December 10, 1991 Brereton Jones
58 Brereton Jones Democratic December 10, 1991 - December 12, 1995 Paul Patton
59 Paul Patton Democratic December 12, 1995 - December 9, 2003 Steve Henry
60 Ernie Fletcher Republican December 9, 2003 - December 11, 2007 Steve Pence
61 Steve Beshear Democratic December 11, 2007 - December 8, 2015 Jerry Abramson; Crit Luallen
62 Matt Bevin Republican December 8, 2015 - Current Jenean Hampton

The following is a list of Kentucky Governors.

All items (43)

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