The Central & Southern Kentucky Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels for active members of the Honorable Order. God save the Commonwealth of Kentucky!
In 1813 when Governor Isaac Shelby named one of his officers, Charles Todd, as an “Aide-de-Camp” on the Governor’s staff with the rank and grade of Colonel.
Later Governors commissioned Colonels to act as their protective guard; they wore uniforms and were present at most official functions. Other Governors continued this practice and by 1920’s their numbers had grown considerably. In 1932, The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels was formally established as “a great non-political brotherhood for the advancement of Kentucky and Kentuckians.”
“In the Commonwealth of Kentucky, commissioned Kentucky Colonels are considered members of the Governor’s Staff and his honorary aides-de-camp, and as such are entitled to the style of ‘Honorable’ as indicated on their commission certificates. The commission and letters patent granted by the Governor and Secretary of State bestowing the title of Kentucky Colonel refers to the honoree as ‘Honorable (First Name and Last Name)’. The person may also be referred to a Colonel (Last Name).”