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Kentucky: U.S. Senators

U.S. Senators from Kentucky, 1792-2018 (May be incomplete!)
John Brown 1792-1805 John Edwards 1792-95 Humphrey Marshall 1795-1801 John Breckinridge 1801-05 Buckner Thruston 1805-09 John Adair 1805-06 Henry Clay 1806-07 John Pope 1807-13 Henry Clay 1810-11 George M. Bibb 1811-14 Jesse Bledsoe 1813-14 George Walker 1813-14 William T. Barry 1814-16 Isham Talbot 1815-19 Martin D. Hardin 1816-17 John J. Crittenden 1817-19 Richard M. Johnson 1819-29 William Logan 1819-20 Isham Talbot 1820-25 John Rowan 1825-31 George M. Bibb 1829-35 Henry Clay 1831-42 John J. Crittenden 1835-41 James T. Morehead 1841-47 John J. Crittenden 1842-48 Joseph R. Underwood 1847-53 Thomas Metcalfe 1848-49 Henry Clay 1849-52 Archibald Dixon 1851-55 David Meriwether 1852 John B. Thompson 1853-59 John J. Crittenden 1855-61 Lazarus W. Powell 1859-65 John C. Breckinridge 1861 Garrett Davis 1861-72 James Guthrie 1865-68 Thomas Clay McCreery 1868-71 John W. Stevenson 1871-77 Willis B. Machen 1872-73 Thomas Clay McCreery 1873-79 James B. Beck 1877-90 John S. Williams 1879-85 Joseph C. S. Blackburn 1885-97 John G. Carlisle 1890-93 William Lindsay 1893-1901 William J. Deboe 1897-1903 Joseph C. S. Blackburn 1901-07 James B. McCreary 1903-09 Thomas H. Paynter 1907-13 William O. Bradley 1909-14 Ollie M. James 1913-18 Johnson N. Camden 1914-15 J. C. W. Beckham 1915-21 George Brown Martin 1918-19 Augustus O. Stanley 1919-25 Richard P. Ernst 1921-27 Frederic Moseley Sackett 1925-30 Alben W. Barkley 1927-49 John M. Robsion 1930 Ben Williamson 1930-31 M. M. Logan 1931-39 Albert B. Chandler 1939-45 William Abner Stanfill 1945-46 John Sherman Cooper 1946-49 Virgil Chapman 1949-51 Garrett L. Withers 1949-50 Earle C. Clements 1950-57 Thomas R. Underwood 1951-52 John Sherman Cooper 1952-55 Alben W. Barkley 1955-56 Robert Humphreys 1956 John Sherman Cooper 1956-73 Thruston B. Morton 1957-69 Marlow W. Cook 1968-74 Walter Huddleston 1973-85 Wendell H. Ford 1974-99 Mitch McConnell 1985- Jim Bunning 1999- Rand Paul 2011-

Events and Candidates (may be incomplete!)

  • 1852 Jun 29: Henry Clay, died in office.
  • 1872 Sep 22: Garrett Davis, died in office.
  • 1890 May 3: James B. Beck, died in office.
  • 1914 May 23: William O. Bradley, died in office.
  • 1914 Nov 3: J. C. W. Beckham (Dem), elected; Augustus E. Willson (Rep), defeated; Burton Vance (Progressive), defeated; H. J. Robertson (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1914 Nov 3: Johnson N. Camden (Dem), elected; William Marshall Bullitt (Rep), defeated; George Nicholas (Progressive), defeated; Frank E. Seeds (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1918: Ollie M. James, died in office.
  • 1918 Nov 5: Augustus O. Stanley (Dem), elected; Ben L. Bruner (Rep), defeated.
  • 1920 Nov 2: Richard P. Ernst (Rep), elected; J. C. W. Beckham (Dem), defeated.
  • 1924: John J. Howe, defeated for nomination.
  • 1924: Burgess Bethurum (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1924 Nov 4: Frederic Moseley Sackett (Rep), elected; Augustus O. Stanley (Dem), defeated.
  • 1926 Nov 2: Alben W. Barkley (Dem), elected; Richard P. Ernst (Rep), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: Ben Williamson (Dem), elected; John M. Robsion (Rep), defeated.
  • 1930 Nov 4: M. M. Logan (Dem), elected; John M. Robsion (Rep), defeated.
  • 1932: J. E. Wright, defeated for nomination; George Brown Martin, defeated for nomination.
  • 1932 Nov 8: Alben W. Barkley (Dem), elected; Maurice Hudson Thatcher (Rep), defeated; W. A. Sandefur (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1936: J. C. W. Beckham (Dem), defeated for nomination.
  • 1936: John Y. Brown, Sr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1936 Nov 3: M. M. Logan (Dem), elected; Robert H. Lucas (Rep), defeated; William M. Likens (Union), defeated; W. A. Sandefur (Socialist), defeated; Ferdinand Zimmerer (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1938 Nov 8: Alben W. Barkley (Dem), elected; John P. Haswell, Jr. (Rep), defeated.
  • 1939 Oct 3: M. M. Logan, died in office.
  • 1940 Aug 3: Charles P. Farnsley (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1940 Nov 5: Albert B. Chandler (Dem), elected; Walter B. Smith (Rep), defeated.
  • 1942: John Y. Brown, Sr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1942 Nov 3: Albert B. Chandler (Dem), elected; Richard J. Colbert (Rep), defeated.
  • 1944 Nov 7: Alben W. Barkley (Dem), elected; James Park (Rep), defeated; Robert H. Garrison (Prohibition), defeated; Yona M. Marret (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1946: Philip Pendleton Ardery (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1946 Nov 5: John Sherman Cooper (Rep), elected; John Y. Brown, Sr. (Dem), defeated; W. A. Sandefur (Socialist), defeated.
  • 1948: John Y. Brown, Sr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1948 Nov 2: Virgil Chapman (Dem), elected; John Sherman Cooper (Rep), defeated; W. A. Sandefur (Socialist), defeated; H. G. Stanfield (Progressive), defeated; David R. Cox (Socialist Labor), defeated.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Earle C. Clements (Dem), elected; Charles I. Dawson (Rep), defeated; James E. Olson (Ind), defeated.
  • 1950 Nov 7: Earle C. Clements (Dem), elected; Charles I. Dawson (Rep), defeated.
  • 1951 Mar 8: Virgil Chapman, died in office.
  • 1954 Nov 2: Alben W. Barkley (Dem), elected; John Sherman Cooper (Rep), defeated.
  • 1956: Lawrence W. Wetherby (Dem), defeated.
  • 1956 Apr 30: Alben W. Barkley, died in office.
  • 1956 Nov 6: Thruston B. Morton (Rep), elected; Earle C. Clements (Dem), defeated.
  • 1960: John Y. Brown, Sr. (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1960: Keen Johnson (Dem), defeated.
  • 1962: Wilson W. Wyatt, defeated.
  • 1966 Nov 8: John Sherman Cooper (Rep), elected; John Y. Brown, Sr. (Dem), defeated.
  • 1968 Nov 5: Marlow W. Cook (Rep), elected; Katherine Peden (Dem), defeated; Duane F. Olson (American Independent), defeated.
  • 1972 Nov 7: Walter Huddleston (Dem), elected; Louie B. Nunn (Rep), defeated; Helen Breeden (American), defeated; William E. Bartley, Jr. (People's), defeated.
  • 1974 May 28: Wendell H. Ford (Dem), nominated; Harvey Edw. Brazin (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1974 May 28: Tommy Klein (Rep), defeated in primary; Marlow W. Cook (Rep), nominated; Thurman J. Hamlin (Rep), defeated in primary; T. William Klein (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1974 Nov 5: Wendell H. Ford (Dem), elected; Marlow W. Cook (Rep), defeated; William E. Parker (American), defeated.
  • 1978 May 23: Walter Huddleston (Dem), nominated; Jack A. Watson (Dem), defeated in primary; William Jacob Taylor (Dem), defeated in primary; George W. Tolhurst (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1978 May 23: Louie R. Guenthner, Jr. (Rep), nominated; Oline Carmical, Jr. (Rep), defeated in primary; Thurman J. Hamlin (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1978 Nov 7: Walter Huddleston (Dem), elected; Louie R. Guenthner, Jr. (Rep), defeated; Anthony A. McCord (American), defeated.
  • 1980 May 27: Wendell H. Ford (Dem), nominated; Flora T. Stuart (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1980 May 27: Mary Louise Foust (Rep), nominated; Granville Thomas (Rep), defeated in primary; Jackson M. Andrews (Rep), defeated in primary; Tommy Klein (Rep), defeated in primary; Yale Jay Lubkin (Rep), defeated in primary; DeSota Vaught (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1980 Nov 4: Wendell H. Ford (Dem), elected; Mary Louise Foust (Rep), defeated.
  • 1984 May 29: Tommy Klein (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1984 Nov 6: Mitch McConnell (Rep), elected; Walter Huddleston (Dem), defeated; Dave Welters (Socialist Workers), defeated.
  • 1986 May 27: Jackson M. Andrews (Rep), nominated; Carl Wayne Brown (Rep), defeated in primary; Tommy Klein (Rep), defeated in primary; Thurman J. Hamlin (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1986 Nov 4: Wendell H. Ford (Dem), elected; Jackson M. Andrews (Rep), defeated.
  • 1990 May 29: Harvey I. Sloane (Dem), nominated; John Brock (Dem), defeated in primary.
  • 1990 May 29: Mitch McConnell (Rep), nominated; Tommy Klein (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1990 Nov 6: Mitch McConnell (Rep), elected; Harvey I. Sloane (Dem), defeated.
  • 1992 Nov 3: Wendell H. Ford (Dem), elected; David L. Williams (Rep), defeated; James A. Ridenour (Libertarian), defeated.
  • 1996 May 28: Tommy Klein (Rep), defeated in primary.
  • 1996 Nov 5: Mitch McConnell (Rep), elected; Steve Beshear (Dem), defeated; Dennis L. Lacy (Libertarian), defeated; Patricia Jo Metten (Natural Law), defeated; Mac McElroy (U.S. Taxpayers), defeated.
  • 1998 Nov 3: Jim Bunning (Rep), elected; Scotty Baesler (Dem), defeated; Charles R. Arbegust (Reform), defeated.
  • 2002 Nov 5: Mitch McConnell (Rep), elected; Lois C. Weinberg (Dem), defeated.
  • 2004 Nov 2: Jim Bunning (Rep), elected; Daniel Mongiardo (Dem), defeated.
  • 2008: Greg Fischer (Dem), defeated in primary.
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