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William Jackson Worthington

Lieutenant Colonel

Worthington was born near Johnstown, Pennsylvania, but spent his childhood in Ohio. He came to Kentucky with his parents as a teenager, and served in the 22nd Kentucky Infantry Regiment of the Union Army during the American Civil War.

He was commissioned captain of the Company B of the regiment, and was later promoted to the ranks of major and lieutenant colonel.

Worthington was present during the Siege of Vicksburg and the Battle of Cumberland Gap. He was under the command of Ambrose Burnside during the Red River Campaign and at the Capture of New Orleans.

After the conflict's end, Colonel Worthington returned to his home in Greenup County, Kentucky and purchased a furnace in the Hanging Rock Iron Field. He was actively involved in the iron business for about fifteen years.

Lieutenant Governor of Kentucky

Worthington was prominent and influential in local affairs during his lifetime. He served one term as county judge of Greenup, and was elected a state senator in 1869.


In 1895 he was elected lieutenant governor of the state and served until 1899, and in 1900 he was again elected to the State Legislature.


Worthington Kentucky was born!!

The City of Worthington, Kentucky was named after Worthington. After his death, the property was given to his daughters, who founded the present town and named it for their father

Worthington was incorporated as a city by the Kentucky General Assembly on February 5, 1920

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