Breathitt County, Kentucky

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Breathitt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1839. As of the 2000 US Census, the population is 16,100. Its county seat is Jackson, Kentucky[1]. The county is named for John Breathitt who was Governor of Kentucky from 1832 to 1834. Breathitt is a prohibition or dry county.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 495 square miles (1,282 km2), essentially all of which is land.

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Breathitt County was formed on February 8, 1839 from portions of Clay County, Estill County and Perry County. It was named after Governor John Breathitt.

During World War I, this county attained national prominence by filling its quota of service men by volunteers. No men had to be drafted from Breathitt, the only county in U.S. with this record. During the war 3,912 men registered, 405 volunteered; of 324 called, 281 were inducted and 43 rejected. Kentuckians ranked among highest in nation in physical fitness.

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