List of people from Lexington, Kentucky

Following are notable people who were either born/raised or have lived for a significant period of time in the Lexington, Kentucky metropolitan area:

Name Description
David Akers National Football League kicker[1].
James L. Alcorn Deputy sheriff of Lexington, later United States Senator from Mississippi [2].
Henry Bidleman Bascom editor, U.S. Congressional Chaplain, Methodist Bishop, President of Transylvania University 1842-1849
Kent Blazy Songwriter[3]
John Breckinridge U.S. Senator[4]
John B. Breckinridge U.S. Representative[5]
John C. Breckinridge U.S. Vice President, U.S. Senator[6]
Belle Brezing Brothel madame[7].
Laura Bell Bundy Actress[8].
LaVerne Butler Clergyman & college president[9].
Thomas D. Clark Historian & author[10].
Henry Clay Statesman, US Representative and Senator, Secretary of State[11].
George Clooney Actor[12].
Drew Curtis Businessman & founder of Fark[13].
Chase Daniels National radio personality.
Guy Davenport Author[14].
Jefferson Davis Politician[15].President of the Confederate United States of America
Dermontti Dawson Former NFL player[16].
Peter Durrett Slave who with his wife formed the First African Baptist Church of Lexington by 1790. It was the first black congregation west of the Allegheny Mountains and the third oldest black Baptist church in the United States[17].
Charlotte Dupuy Enslaved woman who sued Henry Clay for freedom in 1829[18].
Henry Earl Local street personality and AI multi[19].
Farah Fath Actor[20].
Henry Faulkner Artist[21].
London Ferrill The second preacher of First African Baptist Church, he served the city during the 1833 cholera epidemic. By 1850 he had attracted 1,820 members to the church, the largest in Kentucky. His funeral procession in 1854 was the second largest after that for Henry Clay[17].[22]
Ralph Foody Actor[23].
Steve Gabbard Former NFL player[24].
Gatewood Galbraith Author, lawyer, hemp advocate, and personal rights defender[25].
Tyson Gay Sprinter; 2007 World Champion at 100 and 200 meters[26].
Rayna Gellert Bluegrass fiddler
Troy Gentry Musician[27].
Vince Gill Musician.
Joe B. Hall Basketball coach[28].
Tom Hammond NBC sportscaster[29].
Haydar Hatemi Painter[29].
Han Kuo-Huang Ethnomusicologist.
Richard Hell Punk-rock Godfather.
Josh Hopkins Actor[30].
B. Wayne Hughes Businessman and Kentucky's only Billionaire[31].
Martin Huston Actor.
Ashley Judd Actor.
Naomi Judd Musician.
Gregory Kaidanov Chess grandmaster
Austin Kearns Major League Baseball player with the Cleveland Indians.
Abraham Lincoln 16th president of the United States.
Mary Todd Lincoln Wife of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States.
William Lipscomb Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Brian Littrell Musician.
Shirley Ardell Mason a.k.a. Sybil
Les McCann Jazz musician & painter.
Ralph Eugene Meatyard Photographer.
Irene Moon Also known as Katja Chantre Seltmann, musician.
Charles Chilton Moore
John Hunt Morgan Civil War General.
Thomas Hunt Morgan Geneticist.
Gurney Norman Author, University of Kentucky professor.
J. Peterman Businessman.
Rick Pitino Basketball coach.
Kevin Richardson Musician.
Charles P. Roland Historian.
Adolph Rupp Basketball coach.
Robert Schneider Musician.
Eric Shelton National Football League running back.
Tubby Smith Basketball coach.
Harry Dean Stanton Actor.
Walter Tevis Author of Mockingbird, The Hustler, and The Color of Money.
John Tuska Artist.
Jim Varney Actor & comedian.
Steve Zahn Actor.
Alfred Francis Russell 10th President of Liberia


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  6. ^ the United States Congress, Biographical Directory of. "BRECKINRIDGE, John Cabell - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  7. ^ Thompson, E.I. (2007-09-27). "Belle Brezing". Kentucky, University of. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
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  9. ^ Michael Foust, Obituary of LaVerne Butler, Baptist Press, December 21, 2010
  10. ^ Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Department for (2007-04-17). "Kentucky's Historian Laureate: Thomas D. Clark - Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives". Kentucky, Commonwealth of. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  11. ^ the United States Congress, Biographical Directory of. "CLAY, Henry - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
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  13. ^ Curtis, Drew (2010). " - Drew Curtis". Inc., Vator. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  14. ^ Wellner, Anita A. (2009-03-19). "University of Delaware: GUY DAVENPORT LETTERS". Delaware Library, University of. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  15. ^ the United States Congress, Biographical Directory of. "DAVIS, Jefferson - Biographical Information". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
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  19. ^ Chapman, G. (2010-04-05). "What's up with Henry Earl?". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
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  21. ^ Cross Gate Gallery (2009). "Henry Lawrence Faulkner". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  22. ^ "Biography of London Ferrill, Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Colored Persons, Lexington, KY.": A.W. Elder, printer, 1854, 12 pgs, online edition, Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina, accessed 6 May 2011
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  24. ^ "Steve Gabbard". accessdate=2010-11-05. 
  25. ^ Galbraith, Gatewood (2010-04-05). "Gatewood for Governor - Dea Riley for Lt. Governor - Gatewood Galbraith". Citizens to Elect Gatewood for Governor. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  26. ^ "The Official Website of Tyson Gay :: Biography". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  27. ^ MTV Networks (2009). " : Montgomery Gentry : Biography". Inc., MTVN Direct. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  28. ^ LLC, Sports Reference (2010). "Joe B. Hall Coaching Record". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  29. ^ a b Inc., (2010). "Tom Hammond (II)". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  30. ^ Inc., (2010). "Josh Hopkins". Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  31. ^ Kroll, Louisa; Miller, Matthew (2010-03-10). "#232 Bradley Hughes -". LLC, Retrieved 2010-04-05. 

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