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There are a number of historical newspaper articles that helped to define the ideal of the Kentucky Colonel during the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. It is our understanding that the first Kentucky Colonels are based in the founding of Boonesborough in the Transylvania Colony when many commissions and land warrants were issued while Kentucky was a part of Virgina.

The term "Kentucky Colonels" was officially merged in the public imagination and American literature in 1889 through a newspaper article and a short story, then book by Opie Read that were published and read in most major newspapers across the country.

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"Kentucky Colonels"

How It Happens They are so Numerous In the Blue Grass State

From the Louisville Post, September 1889 (Published in over 80 Newspapers Coast to Coast and in Canada)

It is somewhat hard for an outside barbarian to understand why "colonels" are so plentiful in Kentucky. In the first place Kentucky furnished a great many soldiers, both to the northern and to the southern armies, during the war and naturally some of these soldiers are sure enough colonels by rank and service. Others, who were minor officers or perhaps high privates, are now dubbed colonels by way of courtesy. Then we have a very few colonels who hold over from the Mexican war, and there are other colonels of militia, like the Louisville Legion, who come by their titles honestly. The governor of Kentucky has the privilege of appointing persons on his staff with the rank of colonel. These colonels are expected to look pretty and martial at the governor's ball and to ride horseback when the governor heads a procession. The last duty frequently gives them great pain and anxiety.

There are scores and scores of these governor-staff colonels in this proud old commonwealth. Some executives have been more lavish than others in the distribution of these gilded honors. That kindly old gentleman, Gov. Luke Blackburn. M.D., was fond of creating colonels. During his term he made some sixty colonels in the city of Louisville alone, if I remember the figures correctly. There are various reasons which entitles a man to this gubernatorial compliment. Col. Will Hays is a colonel because he is such a gifted poet, while Col. Albert Dietzman was given his title by Lt. Gov. Knott because he was the greatest business manager on earth.

I trust these facts will make it somewhat clearer to the wondering northerner why colonels are so plentiful in Kentucky. But there are other reasons. Many prominent citizens are honored with this complimentary title simply as a recognition of their merit by the community. Thus every man who conducts a large distillery is ipso facto a colonel; for instance, Col. John M. Atherton, or Col. Tom Sherley. Every prominent railroad official is also a colonel; for instance, Col. Milton H Smith. Every Congressman is a colonel, as Col. Asher G. Caruth. Every man with a government office is a colonel; as Col. George Du Belle. Every great editor is a colonel, like Col. Henry Watterson. The chief of the police department is a de facto colonel, as Col. Wood. Then there are other gentlemen who are colonels because no other title fits them. But the law on the subject is a little vague and has never been formulated by the legislature.

If a man has been a captain in the war never call him captain; call him colonel. He is entitled to this promotion twenty-four years after the war closed. The only men proud to be called captain are the commanders of steamboats. The captains of fire companies, the conductors of railroad trains, and the officers in a Salvation Army. The title of major is comparatively rare, and. therefore, is really more of a distinction than colonel. Only prominent people who have seen actual service wear the for instance. Major Ed. Hughes and Major J. Washington Wann. But still if you call a major a colonel he is not likely to get mad at you. By the observance of these few rules I have jotted down the stranger can get along in Kentucky without committing any serious breach of etiquette.

Colonels in History (Newspaper Articles)

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American News Articles About Colonels

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Comic from 1892

Apparently most Commonwealth and State governors other than Kentucky had a personal military style staff dating back to their earliest initial histories. Articles not including Kentucky appear below in the second part of the list.

The "true emulation" of the "colonel" begins with the founders of the "Colony of Transylvania" and the relationships between Colonel Judge Richard Henderson, Colonel Daniel Boone, Colonel John Bowman, Colonel Captain James Harrod, and 9 other civilian Kentucky County, Virginia colonels and lieutenant-colonels who wrote and composed the Kentucky Magna Charta on May 23, 1775 in Boonesborough, Transylvania (Madison County, Kentucky). Their belief was that God played an important part in declaring their freedom under the new Kentucky Magna Charta, which continued.

This history starting in 1775 is illuminated serving as the basis of the Most Honorable Order of the Transylvania Colonel™ (MHOTC)™. By 1799, the title of Colonel began to change for some, but for the most part Kentucky was still controlled by its new settlers a great many of whom were Revolutionary War veterans that received these land warrants as bounties, by 1810 all of these generals, colonels, other officers and privates were all called "colonels" as well, especially older gentlemen.

Isaac Shelby conducted the first surveys as a commissioned surveyor for the Transylvania Company in August 1775. Later, he became Col. Shelby for Sullivan County, North Carolina, became one of the Over the Mountain Boys to defend much of what would have become the State of Franklin in the Revolution with other Transylvania Colony citizens Col. Joseph Hardin, Col. Arthur Campbell of Washington County, Virginia and Col. John Sevier in 1784. Instead, Shelby returned instead in 1783 to claim his original Transylvania Company warrant deed and start a home and garden. Col. Shelby goes on to become involved in seeking statehood from 1784-1791 to become the first governor of the 15th state in 1792.

In 1802, "colonel" took on a new official military meaning for many states when it was adopted as an official military title for the U.S. Army in its international interpretation of first under general. From this point on we see that each state and territory has had extra-official staff members often commissioned as "colonels" in California, Colorado, Connecticut and the Carolinas, and distinguished them apart of the U.S. Military usage.

Colonels were commonly found in Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Texas. In Kentucky though the colonel, was already part of its charm and attraction, socially and in a familiar sense. Colonels nonetheless held a highly instrumental role in the establishment of government, establishing laws, and creating social order in all of these places since their inception.

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  1. Kentucky Home Coming Week; Mount Vernon Signal: June 08, 1906

  2. New Orleans Society of (Kentucky) Colonels Gives Banquet; Louisville Courier-Journal: January 09, 1908

  3. Kentucky Colonels Club; Notre Dame Scholastic: Volume 50 Issue 33, 1916

  4. Youngest Kentucky Colonel; Freeland Tribune: June 17, 1901

  5. Colonel Heidrick; Mountain Advocate: May 26, 1922

  6. Top of 3rd Column "A Number..."; Semi-Weekly Interior Journal: February 22, 1887

  7. An Open Letter; Mountain Advocate: January 13, 1905

  8. Col. S. T. Harris; The Interior Journal: May 21, 1912

  9. A Few Things Said by a Kentucky Colonel; The Central Record: October 06, 1905

  10. Monkey Crouch; The Sunday Star: Washington, DC, July 10, 1921

  11. An Enviable Record; Bismarck Weekly Tribune: November 01, 1895

  12. The Last of the Real Colonels of the Blue Grass; The Herald and News: August 08, 1922

  13. State Guard Poet Laureate; The Hazel Green Herald: April 07, 1910

  14. Joe Engel is now Colonel; The Washington Times. December 19, 1918

  15. Water from Jordan; The North Platte Tribune: June 01, 1909

  16. Passing of Child-Wife Recalls Career of Cassius Clay; The Spanish American: April 18, 1914

  17. Colonel David G. Colson Dies; Daily Public Ledger: September 29, 1904

  18. Col. J.R. Johnson; The Big Sandy News: May 12, 1922

  19. Col. Durrett's Historical Collections Goes to Chicago; The Citizen: May 29, 1913

  20. Put'em in the Bug House; The Fool-Killer: March 01, 1910

  21. Boss of the Ranch; The Evening Bulletin: April 27, 1899

  22. Bright Outlook for the Ohio River; The Paducah Sun: June 30, 1904

  23. Colonel Chats about Shooting; New Ulm Review: October 23, 1912

  24. Was the Colonel Libeled?; Los Angeles Herald: March 08, 1895

  25. Col. E. G. Buckner, Delaware Men of Affairs: Evening Journal: April 10, 1918

  26. His Powerful Plea; The Chickasha Daily Express: August 22, 1906

  27. Poker Story; The Hartford Republican: January 06, 1905

  28. Bradley Nearly Beaten; The Ocala Evening Star: March 07, 1908

  29. Kentucky Colonel in Germany to Run for Governor; The Bourbon News: January 07, 1919

  30. True Southern Chivalry; Free Press: May 19, 1906

  31. An Old-Time Duel; The Salt Lake Herald: September 09, 1886

  32. Youngest Colonel; The Richmond Palladium and Sun-Telegram: May 05, 1922

  33. Oakland Possesses a Kentucky Colonel; The San Francisco Call: December 26, 1900

  34. As Seen in Kentucky; The Corvallis Times: July 02, 1904

  35. Marse Henry Comes Home; Valentine Democrat: December 12, 1907

  36. The Documentary Evidence; Los Angeles Herald: March 10, 1895

  37. Col. Jouett Henry Get Good Place; The Bee: December 17, 1915

  38. No Bosses Need Apply; The Evening Bulletin: May 07, 1891

  39. Country Editing - Col. Bob White of Mexico; Mexico Weekly Ledger: April 10, 1913

  40. A Kentucky Colonel the First Victim; The Commercial: September 06, 1907

  41. Colonel Duncan at it Again; The Los Angeles Herald: March 22, 1895

  42. Col. Chinn's Undoing; The Indianapolis Journal: April 24, 1903

  43. In the Public Eye; The Tacoma Times: October 31, 1910

  44. The Kentucky Colonels; The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer: January 18, 1900

  45. Kentucky is to Lose Both its Juleps and its Colonels; New-York Tribune: February 01, 1920

  46. Annual Colonel Crop; The Bourbon news. [volume], November 24, 1922

  47. Kentucky Homecoming Week Brevities; The Central Record: June 08, 1906

  48. Kentucky Colonels - Back from a Fishing Trip; The Interior Journal: August 21, 1912

  49. Kentucky Colonels Club; The Butler Weekly Times: October 13, 1904

  50. Circulation; The Conservative: January 25, 1900

  51. A Harbinger of Spring; Daily Independent: June 01, 1908

  52. Kentucky Colonels and Others; New Britain Herald: February 21, 1916

  53. White Suit; Frankfort Weekly News and Roundabout: July 04, 1908

  54. A Hint to Hunters; St. Tammany Farmer: December 23, 1905

  55. Servia and Kentucky; The Minneapolis Journal: June 17, 1903

  56. Thousand New Kunnels, Suh, In 25 Years; Las Vegas Age: May 26, 1931

  57. Kentucky Colonels - Governor's Staff Contracts for Uniforms; Hopkinsville Kentuckian: July 04, 1908

  58. Chose Officers - Kentucky Colonels Ready for Active Work; Kentucky Irish American: July 04, 1908

  59. Kentucky Colonels Strike Birmingham in Large Bunches; The Birmingham Age-Herald: January 17, 1912

  60. Senator Blackburn's Vow & The Kentucky Colonels; The Wheeling Daily Intelligencer: January 18, 1900

  61. Fraud Failed; Arizona Republican: December 13, 1899

  62. To Nineteen-Fifteen; Crittenden Record-Press: January 06, 1916

  63. Kentucky Colonels Win Great Praise; Frankfort Weekly News and Roundabout: August 29, 1908

  64. How He Got His Title; The Bismarck Tribune: July 12, 1919

  65. Kentucky's Humiliation - Colonels Take to Water; The Age-Herald: January 29, 1898

  66. Salute these Colonels; The Indianapolis Times: July 31, 1930

  67. Kentucky "Colonels" in Annual Joyfest; South Bend News-Times: March 02, 1916

  68. The Kentucky Colonels; The Breckenridge News: October 17, 1906

  69. A Pair of Kentucky Colonels; Daily Public Ledger: December 17, 1895

  70. Want Impressive Uniforms; The Bismarck Tribune: May 25, 1931

  71. The Military Spirit of Tucson; Arizona Daily Citizen: May 20, 1901

  72. Laying Away All Titles; Newark Post: July 30, 1919

  73. Kentucky Colonels Club at Fair; Brownsville Herald: October 29, 1915

  74. Kentucky Colonels - In the Nature of Things...; The Lynden Tribune: June 01, 1916

  75. Army Titles; Akron Daily Democrat: May 13, 1901

  76. Kentucky Colonels - Mr. Gugel's Story of a War Measure; Marietta Daily Leader: November 14, 1900

  77. Editor to Command Kentucky Colonels; Albuquerque Morning Journal: January 05, 1912

  78. Kentucky Colonels Bring Bradley Here; The Washington Times: March 04, 1909

  79. Good Kentucky Story; The Chattanooga News: January 09, 1920

  80. Kentucky Receives Visiting Editors; The St. Louis Republic: May 19, 1904

  81. Irvin Cobb Deserves Better; The Rock Island Argus and Daily Union: December 08, 1922

  82. Governor Moorehead of Nebraska; The Idaho Springs Siftings-News: February 15, 1913

  83. Editorial Afterthoughts; Marietta Daily Leader: February 10, 1900

  84. An Oleomargarine Colonel; Iron County Register: February 11, 1892

  85. The Southern Colonel; Sequachee Valley News: November 25, 1897

  86. Brevet Governors of Hawaii; The Hawaiian Star: June 27, 1905

  87. More Kentucky Colonels; The Morning News: September 08, 1891

  88. Kentucky Governor Names Baby, Two, Colonel on Staff; Evening Star: August 27, 1928

  89. Morrow's Administration Prolific of Colonels; The Bourbon News: October 06, 1922

  90. Elks Ruler is Colonel; Evening Star: June 10, 1930

  91. Chandler Stops Flood of Kentucky Colonels; Evening Star: December 20, 1935

  92. Plan to Tax Kentucky Colonels; Evening Star: November 15, 1935

  93. No More Colonels; Memphis Daily Appeal: December 22, 1878

  94. Colonel Gascom; The Climax: November 19, 1890

  95. Kentucky Colonels Galore; Evening Star: June 02, 1932

  96. Too Many Borrowed Honors; The Bellefontaine Republican: October 08, 1901

  97. Colonel; The Hickman Courier: August 03, 1872

  98. Glimpses of Kentucky; Savannah Morning News: September 12, 1882

  99. The Abuse of Titles; The Anderson Intelligencer: October 05, 1876

  100. Judge Mattingly a Colonel; Evening Star: December 16, 1933

  101. *Kentucky's Colonels to the Front; Evening Star: November 06, 1933

  102. Mr. Watterson's Resignation; The Ocala Banner: April 18, 1919

  103. Kentucky has More Colonels than it does Militiamen; Evening Star: June 09, 1933

  104. Governor Announces the names of Ten Honorary Colonels; Daily Public Ledger: January 14, 1908

  105. Maybe We'll Have Pomp; The Indianapolis Times: December 31, 1932

  106. Must Win Titles in War; The Butler Weekly Times: October 17, 1901

  107. Confederates Reward Representative Drewry; Evening star: May 18, 1933

  108. Ban on Colonels Disturbs Laffoon; Evening Star: March 29, 1936

  109. Official Outlines Progress of Kentucky Colonels; Evening Star: December 09, 1939

  110. Ruling Breaks the Colonels; Nogales International: April 04, 1936

  111. Kentucky Colonel Learns the Truth; The Key West Citizen: December 30, 1939

  112. In the News of the Day; The Times-News: April 01, 1936

  113. Capital Sidelights - Passing of the Kentucky Colonels; Evening Star: April 05, 1936

  114. The Kentucky Colonel is Known to Everyone; Bridgeton Pioneer: November 02, 1916

  115. The Kentucky Colonel's Sister's Cat; Sterling Evening Gazette: December 11, 1883

  116. A Kentuckian Not a Colonel; Owosso Times: June 4, 1886

  117. Kentucky Colonels - Visit the Soldiers at Chickamauga Park; Quincy Daily Herald: June 9, 1898

  118. The Growth of the Churches; Wichita Daily Eagle: February 2, 1899

  119. Dedication of Monument; Atlanta Constitution: March 3, 1899

  120. A Kentucky Colonel's Poker Game; Daily Iowa State Press: January 8, 1900

  121. The Famous Kentuckians; Massillon Evening Independent: January 15, 1901

  122. Exit the Kentucky Colonels; Philadelphia Inquirer: March 15, 1907

  123. The Campaign of the Kentucky Colonel; Connellsville Weekly Courier: July 27, 1911

  124. New York and Kentucky Colonels; Shelbina Democrat: June 5, 1912

  125. How to Make Old Kentucky Mint Julep; Macon Daily Chronicle Herald: September 19, 1913

  126. Major General Sir Sam Hughes; Agassiz Record: September 23, 1915

  127. Kentucky Colonels; Ardmore Daily Ardmoreite: February 7, 1916

  128. Kentucky Colonels - In the Nature of Things; Warren Evening Times: April 13, 1916

  129. Fiery Colonel Stakes Fortune on KY Derby; Wakefield Advocate: February 16, 1924

  130. Loser's Music Store Ad; Lebanon Daily News: 07 Mar 1924

  131. Frank Keenan Again Becomes Kentucky Colonel; Indianapolis Times: March 9, 1925

  132. The Kentucky Colonel Speaks; Syracuse Post Standard: May 17, 1926

  133. Derby Day is Again Calling Race Fans; Benton Harbor News Palladium: April 9, 1927

  134. Too Many Southern Colonels? Perish the Thought!; Davenport Democrat And Leader: August 14, 1927

  135. As He Retires Fields Hands Out Pardons; Gastonia Daily Gazette: December 13, 1927

  136. A Kentucky Colonel at Age of Thirteen; Albert Lea Evening Tribune: February 27, 1928

  137. Youngest Colonel Doesn't Wear Goatee; Bluefield Daily Telegraph: March 2, 1928

  138. Ed's High Up - Jackson Elevated to Kentucky Colonelcy; Indianapolis Times: August 3, 1928

  139. Kentucky Colonels and Admirals Could Operate a Good Sized War; Amarillo Daily News: May 10, 1929

  140. Proverbial Kentucky Colonels Increase Southern Nobility; Chicago Daily Illini: June 21, 1929

  141. Colonels; Muscatine Journal And News Tribune: August 10, 1929

  142. Kentucky Has 500 Colonels, Admirals, Vice-Admirals, Etc.; Portsmouth Daily Times: October 3, 1929

  143. Colonels, Sampson is trying to Organize Kentucky Colonels; Middlesboro Daily News: 19 May 1931

  144. Colonels go for Gorgeous Dress; Hamilton Evening Journal: May 25, 1931

  145. Flashes of Life; Jefferson City Post Tribune: May 25, 1931

  146. A Thousand Kentucky Colonels; Sedalia Capital: May 31, 1931

  147. Too Many Colonels for Kentucky - May Organize Exclusively; Greeley Daily Tribune: June 3, 1931

  148. An Army of Colonels; Brownsville Herald: June 12, 1931

  149. Kentucky Colonels Honor Dr. Michael; Hayward Daily Review: June 16, 1931

  150. Kentucky Miss Gains Title; Corsicana Daily Sun: June 16, 1931

  151. Appointed to Colonel Rank; Evening Independent: December 8, 1931

  152. Propose $100 Tax on Kentucky Colonels; Joplin Globe: February 10, 1932

  153. Kentucky Colonels; Elyria Chronicle Telegram: February 15, 1932

  154. Kentucky Sees Tax Harvest in its "Colonel Crop"; Montana Butte Standard: February 21, 1932

  155. Byrd, Gardner Named Kentucky Colonels; Hanover Evening Sun: February 22, 1932

  156. "Kentucky Colonels" May Pay for Title; Cumberland Evening Times: February 26, 1932

  157. New Recruit for "Kunnels"; Xenia Evening Gazette: March 2, 1932

  158. How Democratic Keynoter Won Fame; Dixon Evening Telegraph: May 3, 1932

  159. Insult the Kunnel; Xenia Evening Gazette: January 31, 1933

  160. Kunnel Herbert Mengert Insulted, Suh; The Semi-Weekly Madison County Democrat: February 03, 1933

  161. Lt. Gov. Chandler Shovels Out 246 Kentucky Colonels; Middlesboro Daily News: March 9, 1933

  162. Kentucky Colonels Will Be Much More Numerous, Suh; Lowell Sun: June 9, 1933

  163. Colonels Named by Governors of the South; Reno Evening Gazette: June 9, 1933

  164. Kentucky, Home of the Colonels, Will Have More Colonels; Rushville Republican: June 9, 1933

  165. 1,240 Persons Commissioned in Kentucky; East Liverpool Review: June 10, 1933

  166. Two-Bit Commissions; Bluefield Daily Telegraph: June 16, 1933

  167. Current Viewpoints - Kentucky Colonels; Syracuse Herald: June 23, 1933

  168. A Kentucky Colonel, Suh; Beckley Post Herald: July 3, 1933

  169. Kentucky Colonels Number 2,500; Hammond Times: August 9, 1933

  170. World-Wide Society of Kentucky Colonels Formed, With Woman Aide; Salt Lake Tribune: September 27, 1933

  171. Colonels; Ames Daily Tribune Times: September 30, 1933

  172. Kentucky Colonel, 1933 Style, Puts Goatee into Discard; Racine Journal Times: October 28, 1933

  173. Kentucky Colonel Loses Identity; North Adams Transcript: November 2, 1933

  174. Kentucky Makes Santa a Colonel; Hammond Times: December 23, 1933

  175. Bill Bans Colonel Title Unless Earned; Ogden Standard Examiner: February 25, 1934

  176. Kentucky Politics; Bluefield Daily Telegraph: March 20, 1934

  177. Editorial Brings Rank of Colonel; Billings Gazette: April 16, 1934

  178. How to be Colonel, Kentucky Brand, Is Bared by Recipient; The Indianapolis Times: April 17, 1934

  179. Derby Eligibles to Seek Purse Today; Reno Evening Gazette: April 25, 1934

  180. Kentucky Colonels Placed Under Code; Moberly Monitor Index: May 5, 1934

  181. Governor Laffoon's Colonels to the Rescue; Iowa City Daily Iowan: May 6, 1934

  182. Bumper Crop of Kentucky Colonels; Bradford Era: December 29, 1934

  183. All Kentucky Colonels Invited to Derby Festival; Middlesboro Daily News: January 25, 1935

  184. *Kentucky Colonels; Dubuque Telegraph Herald: January 30, 1935

  185. Hero Wins His Colonelcy, And a Letter, Too, Darn It; Ogdensburg Advance News: February 3, 1935

  186. Today in New Mexico; Albuquerque Journal: February 12, 1935

  187. Kentucky Colonel Crop Tapers As Laffoon's Power Increases; Amarillo Daily News: February 15, 1935

  188. Fair Enough; El Paso Herald Post: February 18, 1935

  189. Too Many Colonels - Kentucky Planning to Clean House; Xenia Evening Gazette: February 21, 1935

  190. Governor of Kentucky Creates a New Title (Colonel-Admiral); Racine Journal Times: May 9, 1935

  191. The W. Va. Navy Forever!; Charleston Daily Mail: May 12, 1935

  192. Kentucky Colonels; Fitchburg Sentinel: May 15, 1935

  193. Carded Colonels; Charleston Daily Mail: May 30, 1935

  194. Labor Men Named Kentucky Colonels; The Butler County Press: August 09, 1935

  195. Colonels - Commissions Fill Wastepaper Baskets; Santa Ana Daily Evening Register: November 15, 1935

  196. Ruling Puts Kentucky Colonels Back to Rubbing Elbows with 'Plain Folk'; Mansfield News Journal: March 28, 1936

  197. You Can't Do That to Me!; Portsmouth Times: March 31, 1936

  198. Kentucky Colonel Bonus Bill Born on April 1; Evening Star: April 02, 1936

  199. Ruling "Breaks" The Colonels; Nogales International: April 04, 1936

  200. Kentucky Colonels Are Restored by Acting Governor; Evening Star: April 28, 1936

  201. Kentucky Colonels Back on Job - Illegal or Not, Rank is Restored; Racine Journal Times: April 28, 1936

  202. Governor Chandler Relents in Ban on Colonels in Order; Corsicana Daily Sun: May 8, 1937

  203. The "Colonel Factory"; Shepparton Advertiser (Australia); October 8, 1936

  204. The News Reel - Odds and Ends; Van Nuys News: February 11, 1937

  205. Julep Party for Colonels; High Point Enterprise: April 25, 1937

  206. The Brighter Side; Chester Times: April 30, 1937

  207. Many Have Titles But Few Use Them in Movie Colony; Lowell Sun: January 14, 1938

  208. More Kentucky Colonels; Winnipeg Free Press: April 26, 1938

  209. Chandler Agrees to Name Ten New Kentucky Colonels; Hammond Times: May 24, 1938

  210. Col. Pyle Suggests Capture of Richmond; El Paso Herald Post: June 30, 1938

  211. A Question of Numbers; Montana Standard: March 2, 1939

  212. New Colonel Lacks Uniform; Biddeford Daily Journal: December 16, 1939

  213. Kentucky Society to Fete Colonels; Evening Star: February 10, 1941

  214. Kentucky Colonels Find Recruits Decreasing; Evening Star: February 19, 1941

  215. Kentucky Governor Appoints Young to Colonelcy; Evening Star: September 12, 1941

  216. Kentucky Colonels (Australia); Melbourne Age: September 13, 1941

  217. Kentucky's 17,000 Colonels; Cedar Rapids Gazette: November 10, 1941

  218. Sage and Spice; Cedar Rapids Gazette: March 8, 1946

  219. McLemore - Ol' Colonel Mixes Favorite Filibuster; Evening Star: March 08, 1946

  220. Kentucky Has Started Rush for Titles; Zanesville Signal: August 3, 1947

  221. McLemore – Wants to Become a Kentucky General; Evening Star: May 01, 1947

  222. State Honoraries Attract Attention of Bigshots; The Wilmington Morning Star: August 03, 1947

  223. Mythical Organizations Started by Colonels; Beckley Raleigh Register: August 4, 1947

  224. Kentucky Colonels Inspire Rush for Honorary Titles; Corpus Christi Caller Times: August 3, 1947

  225. Kentucky Colonels' Promotion System Caused Rank Outrage; Amarillo Daily News: May 3, 1947

  226. Clements Names 14 State Colonels in Appreciation of Work; Whitesburg Mountain Eagle: April 8, 1948

  227. Daniel Boone Pageant; Middlesboro Daily News: October 17, 1952

  228. He Outwits Mexican Government; Uniontown Evening Standard: November 26, 1952

  229. Efforts for Motor Carriers to Win Kentucky Colonels Titles; Evening Star: September 10, 1955

  230. Kentucky Colonel Vetoes Billion Dollar Red Order; Independent Long Beach: May 25, 1952

  231. Kentucky Colonels Order, Includes Leaders, Plain Folk; Colorado Springs Gazette: September 14, 1977

  232. Kentucky Colonel Commission marks its 163rd Year; Journal News: January 17, 1976

  233. Some Observations On Kentucky; The Hartford Herald: September 20, 1893

  234. Kentucky Colonel Visiting Moscow — Runs Into Trouble...; The Courier-Journal: June 1, 1952

  235. Sport at Churchill Downs; Time Magazine: May 16, 1932

News Articles that do not Mention Kentucky

It is clear that from 1861 there was a big shift in where and who could be named colonels, but this was not true in Kentucky because the origins of "colonelcy" were viewed differently and anyone who owned a considerable sized piece of land was already called a "colonel" notwithstanding the Civil War, that is once they matured to a certain age, or if they demonstrated a certain style that became atypical to colonels of a white goatee, a broad brimmed hat, and a flocked long-tail coat around 1889.

  1. Honorary Colonels; The Fairmont West Virginian: February 02, 1911

  2. Too Many Generals Among Confederates; The Washington Times: August 12, 1904

  3. He's Col. Ross Valentine; The Evening World: November 27, 1893

  4. Rank by Brevet; Peninsula Enterprise: March 11, 1899

  5. The Army's Youngest Colonel; New-York Tribune: November 06, 1921

  6. Czar's Daughters Honorary Colonels; Arizona Republican: March 04, 1917

  7. Sad News for Staff Members; The Daily Gate City and Constitution-Democrat: December 14, 1916

  8. Good But Not New; The Daily Morning Journal and Courier: November 11, 1902

  9. Gold Braid Barred (Iowa); Evening Times-Republican: December 13, 1916

  10. Young Woman Chosen; The Pacific Commercial Advertiser: October 04, 1901

  11. A Survival of Nonsense; The Progress: November 14, 1896

  12. Jimmie Gets Elected; The Mirror: December 15, 1910

  13. The Vanishing Title; The Bismarck Tribune: May 13, 1925

  14. Col. Jake Horn Disserts on Colonels Made and Born; The Caldwell Tribune: June 16, 1916

  15. Colonels and Pseudo Colonels; The Washington Herald: June 03, 1916

  16. The Colonel; The Pascagoula Democrat-Star: May 07, 1880

  17. Colonels Wanted; Yorkville Enquirer: November 29, 1877

  18. Civil and Military Colonels in North Carolina; The Semi-Weekly Messenger: December 18, 1906

  19. American Love of Titles; Washington Sentinel: August 13, 1854

  20. Two Famous Colonels; The Bridgeport Evening Farmer: February 16, 1916

  21. The Good Fight Part 1 | Part 2; Abilene Weekly Reflector: May 13, 1915

  22. Col. Howard Orator of Day; The Pensacola Journal., April 23, 1910

  23. Now its Colonel Mary; New Britain Herald: June 21, 1918

  24. New Frisco Agent Here; Tulsa Daily World: March 22, 1918

  25. William O. Skeels; The Bismarck Tribune: September 05, 1935

  26. Honorary Titles; The Roswell Daily Record: July 12, 1906

  27. Abolish the Governor's Staff; The Bennington Evening Banner: October 15, 1907

  28. Fair Enough by Westbrook Pegler; The Indianapolis Times: February 19, 1935

  29. Colonels and Others; Herald and News: August 29, 1901

  30. Our Honored Soldiers; The Rutland Daily Globe: August 12, 1873

  31. Maybe We'll Have Pomp; The Indianapolis Times: December 31, 1932

  32. Young Society Woman's Engagement Announced; Omaha Daily Bee: June 13, 1918

  33. Gilding the Gold Brick; Gilpin Observer: June 24, 1909

  34. Mining Camp Sketches; The Bossier Banner: November 26, 1896

  35. Representing His Nation Abroad; Newark Evening Star: April 25, 1910

  36. Want More Colonels; The Durham Daily Globe: March 05, 1892

  37. John Flake's Old Virginia, I.; The Sun: January 16, 1898

  38. How They Become Colonels; The Pacific Commercial Advertiser: December 13, 1897

  39. Women Wear Uniforms and Lead Regiments; Omaha Daily Bee: August 17, 1902

  40. About Colonels; Puget Sound Weekly Argus: August 01, 1878

  41. Georgia Colonels; Public Ledger: June 07, 1877

  42. American Snobocracy; The Placer Herald: February 18, 1860

  43. Women Colonels Not Rare in Europe; The Savannah Morning News: August 17, 1902

  44. Georgia's Colonels; New-York Tribune: August 24, 1902

  45. Columbia Mayor Now Colonel on Governor's Staff; The Columbia Herald: May 28, 1915

  46. New Mexico Organizing the First Regiment of Colonels; El Paso Herald., November 12, 1919

  47. The South's Many Colonels; Perrysburg Journal: March 12, 1898

  48. Honorary Titles; The Tacoma Times: May 26, 1915

  49. Career of Colonel Knocker; The Stark County Democrat: March 09, 1906

  50. End of Colonels (New Jersey); The Jersey City News: March 03, 1902

  51. Tale of an Old Tome | Title of an Old Tome; Richmond Dispatch: December 21, 1902

  52. Ages of Generals; The Alaska Daily Empire: August 17, 1917

  53. Gen. Merritt is Proud of the Montana Boys; The Anaconda Standard: June 13, 1898

  54. Shameless Shams; Omaha Daily Bee: November 11, 1880

  55. Can't Be Too Many; The Daily Morning Journal and Courier: June 18, 1902

  56. Why a Governor's Staff?; The Lake County Times: December 01, 1916

  57. Colonels; Marshall County Republican: November 22, 1877

  58. The Colonels Take a Say; The Pulaski Citizen: December 16, 1886

  59. A Confederate Reunion; The Prince George's Enquirer and Southern Maryland Advertiser: June 04, 1897

  60. When the Colonels Came In; Kansas City Journal: September 25, 1897

  61. The Governor's Staff; The Portland Daily Press: November 05, 1900

  62. Once a Colonel Always One; The Washburn Times: May 31, 1906

  63. Honorables and Colonels; The Ohio Democrat: February 20, 1895

  64. Running to Titles; Tensas Gazette: July 06, 1894

  65. Where the Colonel Came In; The Indianapolis Journal: October 10, 1897

  66. Titles; The Daily Ardmoreite: October 03, 1904

  67. How Titles are Placed; Republican News Item: May 03, 1900

  68. Made Him a Colonel; The Salt Lake Herald: March 18, 1898

  69. Explaining His Title; Sacramento Daily Record-Union: August 16, 1888

  70. Just So!; The Mt. Sterling Advocate: August 20, 1901

  71. Roosevelt to Decline this Empty Honor; The San Francisco Call: January 05, 1899

  72. Colonel Bob the Beloved; The Age-Herald: February 19, 1901

  73. The Proud Southern Colonel; The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: March 27, 1890

  74. Lord Granard on Titles; The Evening Statesman: March 09, 1909

  75. Running to Titles; Tensas Gazette: April 13, 1894

  76. Had Smelt Powder; Sierra County Advocate: September 03, 1897

  77. Protest Against Titles; The Age-Herald: October 03, 1901

  78. Reducing the Colonels; Norwich Bulletin: March 30, 1911

  79. Snover, Giant Pitcher, a Born Colonel; The Sun: September 23, 1919

  80. Howdy Colonel, Morning Major; The Fairmont West Virginian: December 03, 1910

  81. Captain, Colonel, General, Judge; The morning News: March 30, 1900

  82. Colonel or General Thomas Clark; The News and Observer: April 05, 1893

  83. Desert Rat Visits Place He Met TR; The Washington Times: August 30, 1919

  84. The Governor's Staff (Virginia); Alexandria Gazette: February 17, 1912

  85. Senseless Titles; Daily Globe: June 15, 1879

  86. American Love of Titles; Washington Sentinel: August 13, 1854

  87. Nonsensical Titles; The Columbian: June 25, 1875

  88. Current Opinion; The Helena Independent: February 06, 1891

  89. Aristocracy Open to Offers; The True Democrat: March 27, 1897

  90. Our Fever for Titles; Saint Mary's Beacon: November 29, 1888

  91. Peru; Phenix Gazette: June 30, 1825

  92. A New Tax Levy; Yorkville Enquirer: September 09, 1880

  93. Tanner Starts from Chicago; Omaha Daily Bee: June 20, 1898

  94. Royal Women Colonels; The Portland Daily Press: January 25, 1899

  95. The Use of Military Titles (Alabama); The Morning News: June 27, 1887

  96. Why Many Bonifaces are Colonels; The Baltimore County Union: November 19, 1887

  97. Personal Titles; St. Landry Democrat: August 27, 1887

  98. Colonel Nellie Irene Eldridge; The Star: January 24, 1900

  99. The Military Squabble; Connecticut Western News: March 19, 1884

  100. Titles Played Out; Daily Los Angeles Herald: October 17, 1883

  101. The Proud Southern Colonel; Omaha Daily Bee: March 15, 1890

  102. Not Dr. Cleveland; The Comet: July 18, 1895

  103. Free-Trade Competition; The Indianapolis Journal: March 29, 1883

  104. Four More Colonels; The Savannah Morning News: November 03, 1902

  105. Out of a Job - English Aristocrats are Looking for Work; The Wichita Daily Eagle: July 06, 1892

  106. Proclamation by the King of France (US Sponsor); The Enquirer: July 30, 1814

  107. Folly of Military Staffs; The Winslow Mail: September 04, 1897

  108. They Are Colonels Now; Yorkville Enquirer: September 27, 1899

  109. "Mister" for Military Men; The Barre Daily Times: November 24, 1919

  110. La Marquise de Fontenoy; The Times Dispatch: November 16, 1911

  111. A Political Anecdote; Arkansas True Democrat: October 19, 1859

  112. Famous British Regiments: Deseret Evening News: April 21, 1900

  113. Tribunetes; The National Tribune: January 14, 1892

  114. Popular in Illinois; The Pacific Commercial Advertiser: May 19, 1894

  115. Prostitution of Titles; Seattle Daily Post-Intelligencer: July 18, 1883

  116. The Boys Who Carried the Guns; Connecticut Western News: September 05, 1878

  117. Titles (New Jersey); Alexandria Gazette: August 29, 1840

  118. Cuban League Formed; The Scranton Tribune: December 15, 1896

  119. Good Moring, Professor; Barbour County Index: July 28, 1882

  120. Titles Are Too Numerous; Akron Daily Democrat: June 27, 1900

  121. End of Promiscuous Titles; The Caucasian: August 15, 1901

  122. From Washington - Taxation on Titles; The Morristown Gazette: October 02, 1878

  123. Titles and Republicanism; Memphis Daily Appeal: November 30, 1882

  124. We'll All Be Dukes and Earles; The Abbeville Press and Banner: October 27, 1897

  125. Colonel Monroe; The Coeur d'Alene Press: May 21, 1904

  126. Colonel Jesus Christ; The Minneapolis journal. [volume], February 06, 1904

  127. She Wears an Army Suit (Petticoat?); The Anaconda Standard: October 01, 1899

  128. A Model Landlord; New-York Tribune: April 24, 1887

  129. Col. George B. Squires; The Salt Lake Tribune: October 01, 1910

  130. With High Honors; Morris Tribune: April 22, 1910

  131. Honor; Port-Gibson Herald., November 24, 1842

  132. ESQ. or MR.?; The Indianapolis journal: December 02, 1894

  133. A Select Tale, The Death Warrant; Sunbury American: June 11, 1853

  134. The Governor's Staff (South Carolina); The Abbeville Press and Banner: February 04, 1903

  135. That Colonelcy; The New North-West: August 05, 1887

  136. Military Troubles at Rome Vatican; The Daily Star-Mirror: September 18, 1913

  137. Hired to Insult Me; Evening Star: January 10, 1873

  138. (Dis)Honored by the Pope; The American: June 28, 1895

  139. "Texas" Colonels; The Dallas Daily Herald: March 27, 1877

  140. A Colonel of the Arkansas Militia; The San Francisco Call: March 08, 1898

  141. Do Not Like It; Daily Inter Mountain: October 07, 1899

  142. Pioneer Citizen of Las Vegas is Dead; Las Vegas Optic: February 14, 1914

  143. What is an Esquire?; Evening Star: July 20, 1895

  144. How Titles are Placed; Republican News Item: May 03, 1900

  145. Highly Honored by the 397th Regiment; The Kansas City Sun: June 29, 1918

  146. Georgia "Colonels"; Richland Beacon: August 11, 1877

  147. The Colonels Take a Say; The Pulaski Citizen: December 16, 1886

  148. Titles for Lawyers; Evening Star: January 22, 1901

  149. It's General Cody Now; The Bridgeport Evening Farmer: April 09, 1915

  150. One of the Landmarks; The True Northerner: February 05, 1890

  151. No Honorary Colonels Permitted by War Department; New Britain Herald: April 12, 1924

  152. Two Washington Men Are German Officers; Evening Star: January 24, 1915

  153. Sad News For Staff Members; The Daily Gate City and Constitution-Democrat: December 14, 1916

  154. Col. Edith Madison Ames; The Philipsburg Mail: October 25, 1901

  155. American Crests; Evening Capital: April 21, 1893

  156. Texas Today; Brownsville Herald: October 20, 1941

  157. Texas List of High Officials Growing Due New Governors; Corsicana Daily Sun: October 24, 1941

  158. Distinctions for Women; Savannah Morning News: September 15, 1898

  159. Screwball Clubs Flourish in New York; The Chronicle-Star: April 25, 1947

  160. Colonels' Club Plan; Devils Lake Inter-Ocean: February 03, 1911

The Kentucky "Colonel"

Wheeling Daily Intelligencer, March 02, 1900

Some reminiscent time — long before Opie Read apostrophized that peculiar product of a sister state, the "Kentucky Colonel" was revered and honored, not for a knight of arms, but the milder attribute of manhood, genuine courtesy. It is true that he drank, but he never made a distillery of himself. He imbibed like a gentleman. He was not quarrelsome; he was gallant. To have been a Kentucky colonel In those old-fashioned times of chivalry was like as to be a Roman in Caesar's day. He was as fragrant then as the blue grass that now nods over the graves of the victims of his vulgar prototype today. The original Kentucky colonel has passed away, but he has imitators.

The Kentucky colonel of today is in a class by himself. He has lost the courtesy of his forebears. and assimilated the contamination of the times. Hereafter he must be designated as a belted cruiser, carrying so many guns. In certain situations he may be likened, to a torpedo boat. In others he assumes the terrifying and destructive qualities of the battleship of so many distillery gallons displacement.

Col. Jack Chinn of Kentucky

The Age-Herald, February 05, 1900

Colonel Jack Chinn, who so valiantly stood by Governor Goebel when the latter fell a victim to an assassin's bullet last Tuesday, is perhaps the most widely known person on the American turf. He is also well known in Kentucky politics.

Colonel Chinn is a typical Kentucky colonel of the old School, which of course means 'that he has an eye for the beautiful, a lover of fine horseflesh, is a judge of good "spirits” and also carries a gun.

Colonel Chinn’s home is at Harrodsburg, Kentucky, where 'he for a long time conducted a stock farm. It was a splendid blue grass farm, and his home was for years a rendezvous for prominent turfmen and Kentucky politicians, and the host had few equals ad no superiors as an entertainer in the whole broad land of Kentucky. He has left his mark in the turf world, and has developed some of the greatest race horses of this day.

His "strings” from time to time have contained such noted performers as Leonatus, I.ouise, Ingomar and Lissak. The first-named was a winner of the Kentucky Derby and also gained fame as a sire. Lissak s career on the race course was of suoh a creditable nature that he was purchased by W. C. Whitney for a big round sum, and is now In the stud of this New York capitalist and thoroughbred breeder.

The colonel, in addition to being a stable owner, has often acted in an official capacity at various tracks in this country. His prominence on the turf was not attained solely, though, as an owner of fine horse flesh and as a starter of races. Being a "scrapper” and a disturber of national repute has won for him as much notice as his career in the more legitimate roles.

Colonel Chinn may not be wholly to blame for his record In this line, for it is said that his fighting nature, like that of the notorious Jones boys, was progagated by forces which he did not control. His first trouble of any note was with John Dowling at Chicago. Chinn and his brother-in law went to Chicago and opened a swell gambling house. The firm flourished and Dowling grew jealous and used his "hammer” to such good effect, that the Kentuckian was closed up.

The firm changed their base of operation to Minneapolis, where they again made a successful start. It Is related that Dowling pursued them and caused Chinn and Mason to be barred out of the Minnesota city.

It is claimed that this alleged persecution brought Dowling and Chinn together in the betting ring at Latonia during a race meeting late in the 1880s. Of the several thousand betters who were in the ring at the time only the principals and one peacemaker stayed in the game. Plungers, pikers, bookmakers and all sports and sportsmen left the betting quarters in pell mell fashion. Bob Tucker stayed with the colonel, and 'the latter’s cool-headedness put a check on the Kentuckian’s onslaught. Chinn and Dowling met again on Michigan avenue, in Chicago, to balance accounts, but the second meeting also resulted in a fluke.

Chinn next got into a difficulty at the East St. Louis track. He attacked Captain St. Clair, but was again checked by the Chlef of police. The Kentucky colonel was shot by the police officer before he got in his work on the St. Louis man.

The colonel’s career in politics has also been quite checkered. He gained celebrity in the political world by barring the legislative hall at Frankfort during the red-hot political fight four years ego. He was aided in this move by Colonel Jim Williams, also a Kentucky colonel. The noted turfman and politician next sprang Into prominence in polities on account of the part he played in aiding- in the election of his friend, Senator Clark, out In Montana.

A more recent political fight in which Colonel Chinn figured was his encounter with State Senator Bronson, at Phoenix hotel, at Lexington. Bronson left the battleground to get his artillery, but was prevented from appearing by the interference of friends. The disturbance was also settled without bloodshed.

In appearance Colonel Chinn is a remarkably fine-looking man. He "sizes up” well. He has dark, flowing hair and very dark eyes, which flash like electric sparks when he is warmed up. The colonel was never known to fail a friend in danger or misfortune, and with all of his reputation as a man ever ready with his gun, he is one of the most companionable of men. He is a good yarn-spinner and has a fund of good Jokes, which, if strung out, would reach from Hell’s Gate reef to the Golden Gate.

Colonel Chinn has three sons, all of whom are well known here in Memphis. Christopher Chinn, familiarly known as "Kit,” has acted as starter at Montgomery Park during several meetings. His other two sons, Phil and Morgan, are also well known turfmen. The former is publisher of the Thoroughbred Record, at Lexington, one of the 'best turf journals in the country.