State: Kentucky

Lat/Long: 37.0000, -85.0000

Originally part of Virginia, Kentucky became a state on June 1, 1792. Frankfort was selected as its capital at that time. Kentucky remained a slave state through the Civil War. Abraham Lincoln was born in Hardin County, Kentucky, on February 12, 1809.

“An Act Declaring the Consent of Congress, that a New State be Formed Within the Jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Admitted into this Union, by the Name of the State of Kentucky,” 4 February 1791, Statutes at Large of the United States 1 (1845):189; W. H. Perrin, J. H. Battle, and G. C. Kniffin, Kentucky: A History of the State (Louisville: F. A. Battey, 1887), 296-97, 584.