For over 200 years the office of Secretary of
State has played an integral role in Kentucky’s history. The
delegates to the 1792 Constitutional Convention, and all three Constitutional
Conventions thereafter, realized the importance of having a Secretary for the
Commonwealth when they mandated the establishment of such an office. Throughout
the years we can see the Secretary of State’s Office accepting additional
responsibilities as they are assigned by the Executive & Legislative
Branches of Kentucky’s government.
The Timeline serves as an informal history of
the office itself. We are including complete text of all four of Kentucky
Constitutions (as they were originally written), entries from the Governors’
Executive Journals, and other articles that provide an insight into the history,
function and development of the office. The Timeline will be updated as
additional information becomes available.
We especially thank Charles Zoeller for his
generous donation of the text for each of the Kentucky Constitutions. Mr.
Zoeller’s data entry enabled staff of the Secretary of State’s Office to have an
excellent foundation for the Constitution project and provided us an opportunity
to expand the Timeline with additional
Disclaimer: This website includes complete text of all
four of Kentucky's Constitutions (as originally written), selected Acts
of the Kentucky General Assembly, and
other articles regarding the office
and function of the Kentucky Secretary of State. Additional information
will be added to this site periodically. Text
included on this website was keyed by the staff of the
Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office. Although efforts were made to ensure the
accuracy of all material,
researchers should consult published versions of Kentucky Acts
for official use. "Acts of
the Kentucky General Assembly” may be researched at the Kentucky History
Center Library, the Department for Libraries & Archives, and the Supreme
Court Law Library, all in Frankfort, Kentucky. (Note:
Acts included on this site may have been amended or rescinded; the
information on this site is included for historical research only.)
An ACT to authorize the Governor and Secretary of this state to use their private seals to their official acts.
WHEREAS By the burning of the Capitol, the state seal and the seal of the Secretary's office have been destroyed:
SEC. 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That it shall be lawful for the Governor of this commonwealth to affix his private seal instead of the state seal, to all commissions and other official acts, until a state seal be provided.
SEC. 2. BE it further enacted, That it shall be lawful for the Secretary of State to use his private seal instead of the seal of his office, until a seal of office be provided.
SEC. 3. And be it further enacted, That all the faith and credit shall be due and paid, to the private seal of the Governor, and of the Secretary of State, respectively used under the provisions of this act, that is due to the state seal, and the seal of the Secretary's office.