Flag of Kentucky
Name: The Bluegrass State
Use: Civil and state flag
Adopted: March 26, 1918 (standardized 1963)
Design: Seal of Kentucky on a field of azure
Designed by: Jesse Cox Burgess
The flag of the Commonwealth of Kentucky was adopted on March 26, 1918.
In the early history of states there were many flags representing various affiliations or countries that people came from and settle in the area. The flag was designed by Jesse Cox Burgess, an art teacher in Frankfort, the state capital. The flag was adopted by the Kentucky General Assembly on March 26, 1918.
The flag consists of the Commonwealth's seal on a navy blue field, surrounded by the words "Commonwealth of Kentucky" above and sprigs of goldenrod, the state flower, below.
The seal depicts a pioneer and a statesman embracing. Popular belief claims that the buckskin-clad man on the left is Daniel Boone, who was largely responsible for the exploration of Kentucky, and the man in the suit on the right is Henry Clay, Kentucky's most famous statesman. However, the official explanation is that the men represent all frontiersmen and statesmen, rather than any specific persons.
In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) surveyed its members on the designs of the 72 Canadian provincial, U.S. state, and U.S. territorial flags; Kentucky's flag was ranked 66th.
|Commonwealth of Kentucky|
|Motto(s): United we stand, divided we fall
Deo gratiam habeamus
(Let us be grateful to God)
|State song(s): "My Old Kentucky Home"|
|• Total||40,408 sq mi
|• Width||170 miles (250 km)|
|• Length||379 miles (610 km)|
|• % water||1.7|
|• Latitude||36° 30′ N to 39° 09′ N|
|• Longitude||81° 58′ W to 89° 34′ W|
|• Total||4,468,402 (2018)|
|• Density||110/sq mi (42.5/km2)
|• Highest point||Black Mountain
4,145 ft (1265 m)
|• Mean||750 ft (230 m)|
|• Lowest point||Mississippi River at Kentucky Bend[note 1]
250 ft (78 m)
|Before statehood||Part of Virginia (District of Kentucky)|
|Admitted to the Union||June 1, 1792 (15th)|
|Governor||Matt Bevin (R)|
|Lieutenant Governor||Jenean Hampton (R)|
|Legislature||Kentucky General Assembly|
|• Upper house||Senate|
|• Lower house||House of Representatives|
|U.S. Senators||Mitch McConnell (R)
Rand Paul (R)
|U.S. House delegation||5 Republicans, 1 Democrat (list)|
|• eastern half||Eastern: UTC −5/−4|
|• western half||Central: UTC −6/−5|