Hopkins County, Kentucky

Historical Marker #849 in Madisonville commemorates Hopkins County being named in honor of a War of 1812 veteran.

Samuel Hopkins, a soldier and politician, was born in Albermarle County, Virginia, in 1753. Hopkins fought in the Revolutionary War, where he saw active service at Trenton, Princeton, Brandywine, and Germantown, Pennsylvania, where he was wounded. A lieutenant colonel of the 10th Virginia, he was captured by British troops at Charleston, South Carolina.

In 1797, Hopkins moved to Henderson County, Kentucky, where he served in the Kentucky House and Senate. He also served in the United States Congress. During the War of 1812, Hopkins was a major general of the Kentucky State Militia. Throughout 1812, he led Kentucky and Indiana troops against Native Americans in Illinois.

Hopkins died in 1819. When Hopkins County was formed in 1806, it was named in his honor.

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Kentucky War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Logo

Kentucky War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Logo

The Kentucky Historical Society is the administrative agency for the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, an 18-member body established by the Kentucky legislature in 2010. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

"The Heritage of Hopkins County, Kentucky 1806-1998."

"The Heritage of Hopkins County, Kentucky 1806-1998."

Book seal from "The Heritage of Hopkins County, Kentucky 1806-1998." Written by the Hopkins County Genealogical Society in 1998. From the collections of the Kentucky Historical Society. Image Courtesy of the Kentucky Historical Society View File Details Page

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Sanders, “Hopkins County, Kentucky,” ExploreKYHistory, accessed June 24, 2017, http://explorekyhistory.ky.gov/items/show/64.

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