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Kentucky Vacation Fun Facts

Famous Kentuckians

These are just a few of the famous people who were either born in Kentucky or spent some important time in Kentucky.

Muhammad Ali, boxer

Alben Barkley, U.S. vice president

Wendell Berry, poet

Ned Beatty, actor

Daniel Boone, pioneer and explorer

Louis Brandeis, U.S. supreme court justice

John Cabell Breckinridge, U.S. vice president

Foster Brooks, comedian

Don Brumfield, jockey

Jim Bunning, baseball player

John Carpenter, producer and director

Steve Cauthen, jockey

Happy Chandler, baseball player

Steven Curtis Chapman, singer

Cassius Marcellus Clay, ambassador, abolitionist, and a founder of the Republican Party

Henry Clay, U.S. senator, U.S. speaker of the house, U.S. secretary of state

George Clooney, actor

Nick Clooney, actor

Rosemary Clooney, singer

Martha Layne Collins, Kentucky governor

John Conlee, singer

William Conrad, actor

John Sherman Cooper, U.S. senator, ambassador, and member of the Warren Commission

J. D. Crowe, country singer

Denny Crum, basketball player

Billy Ray Cyrus, country singer and actor

Jefferson Davis, Confederate president

Jackie De Shannon, pop singer

Johnny Depp, actor

Irene Dunn, actress

Rudy Ellis, boxer

Don & Phil Everly, rock singers

Rebecca Gayheart, actress

Crystal Gayle, country singer

Haven Gillespie, songwriter

Lillian Gish, actress

Christopher Gist, explorer

D. W. Griffith, movie producer

Darrell Griffith, basketball player

Tom T. Hall, country singer

Lionel Hampton, jazz musician

John Marshall Harlan, U.S. supreme court justice

Larnell Harris, singer

Mildred and Patty Hill, songwriters, Happy Birthday to You

Paul Hornung, football player

Richard M. Johnson, U.S. vice president

Grandpa (Louis Marshall) Jones, country musician, comedian, and songwriter

Ashley Judd, actress

Naomi Judd, country singer

Wyonna Judd, country singer

Kentucky Headhunters, musicians

Lily May Ledford, musician and songwriter

Abraham Lincoln, U.S. president

Brian Littrell, singer

Patty Loveless, country singer

Loretta Lynn, country singer

Lee Majors, actor

Victor Mature, actor

Tamara McKinney, skier

Mary Meagher, swimmer

Bill Monroe, bluegrass singer and songwriter

John Michael Montgomery, country singer

Isaac Burns Murphy, jockey

Patricia Neal, actress

Joan Osborne, singer

Greg Page, boxer

Annie Potts, actress

Boots Randolph, musician

Pee Wee Reese, baseball player

Kevin Richardson, country singer

Jeanie Ritchie, singer

Adolph Rupp, basketball coach

Colonel Harland Sanders, founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken

Isaac Shelby, Kentucky governor

Ricky Skaggs, country singer

Woody Stephens, horse trainer

Adlai Stevenson, U.S. vice president

Danny Sullivan, auto racer

Zachary Taylor, U.S. president

Mary Travers, country singer

Merle Travis, country singer

Wes Unseld, basketball player

Frederick Moore Vinson, U.S. supreme court chief justice

Thomas Walker, explorer

Darrell Waltrip, auto racer

Michael Waltrip, auto racer

Steve Wariner, country singer

Keith Whitley, country singer

Dwight Yoakum, country singer

For more famous Kentuckians, check out this web site: http://www.kentuckytourism.com/ facts_famous.aspx.

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