Christian County, Kentucky

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Christian County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1797. As of 2000, its population was 72,265. Its county seat is Hopkinsville, Kentucky[1]. As of 2007, its population was estimated to be 80,868.

Christian County is part of the Clarksville, TN–KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The county is named for Colonel William Christian, a native of Augusta County, Virginia, and a veteran of the Revolutionary War. He settled near Louisville, Kentucky in 1785, and was killed by Native Americans in southern Indiana in 1786.

Jefferson Davis was born in Christian County, as was Adlai E. Stevenson I.

Joshua Grant was an early settler of Christian County. He married into the McNeil family. Almost all of Joshua's sons had "McNeil" as their middle name. Joshua Grant was a descendant of James Grant and Anne Diskin of Caswell County, North Carolina. Many of the Grants in Montgomery County, Tennessee and Jefferson County, Illinois were also descendants of James Grant and Anne Diskin. Contrary to what is stated in publications dating back to the 1880s, this is a southern Grant family that was not related to General Ulysses S. Grant, at least on this Continent.

The United States Supreme Court case Barker v. Wingo, 407 U.S. 514 (1972), arose out of a 1958 double-murder in Christian County, Kentucky.

In 2006 and 2008, tornadoes touched down across northern Christian County, damaging homes in the Crofton area.

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