The Filson Historical Society Digital Projects

The Path to the Polls: Presidential Elections In Kentucky

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"Harper's Weekly" illustration of President Rutherford B. Hayes visiting the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky from October 6, 1877.

Since Kentucky became a state in 1792, its citizens have rallied around presidential candidates, run for president themselves, and fought continuously for the basic right to participate in the selection of their Commander-in-Chief.

This exhibit uses items in the Filson's collections to share highlights from over two centuries of presidential campaigns in Kentucky.