KENTUCKY. The name of one of the new states of the United States of
America. 2. This state was formerly a part of Virginia, and the latter state, by
an act of the legislature, passed December 18, 1789, "consented that the
district of Kentucky, within the jurisdiction of the said commonwealth, and
according to its actual boundaries at the time of passing the act aforesaid,
should be formed into a new state." By the act of congress of February. 4, 1791,
1 Story's L. U. S. 168, congress consented that, after the first day of June,
1792, the district of Kentucky should be formed into a new state, separate from
and independent of the commonwealth of Virginia. And by the second section it is
enacted, that upon the aforesaid first day of June, 1792, the said new state, by
the name and style of the state of Kentucky shall be received and admitted into
the Union, as a new and entire member of the United States of America.
3. The constitution of this state was adopted August 17, 1799. The powers of
the government are divided into three distinct departments, and each of them is
confided to a separate body of magistracy, to wit: those which are legislative,
to one; those which are executive, to another; and those which are judicial, to
4. - 1. The legislative power is vested in two distinct branches; the one
styled the house of representatives, and the other the senate; and both
together, the general assembly of the commonwealth of Kentucky. 1. The house of
representatives is elected yearly, and consists of not less than fifty-eight,
nor more than one hundred members. 2. The members of the senate are elected for
four years. The senate consists of twenty-four members, at least, and for every
three members above fifty-eight which shall be added to the house of
representatives, one member shall be added to the senate.
5. - 2. The executive power is vested in a chief magistrate, who is styled
the governor of the commonwealth of Kentucky. The governor is elected for four
years. He is commander-in-chief of the army and navy of the commonwealth, except
when called into actual service of the United States. He nominates, and, with
the consent of the senate, appoints all officers, except those whose appointment
is otherwise provided for. He is invested with the pardoning power, except in
certain cases, as impeachment and treason. A lieutenant-governor is chosen at
every election of governor, in the same manner, and to continue in office for
the same time as the governor. He is ex officio, speaker of the senate, and acts
as governor when the latter is impeached, or removed from office, or dead, or
refuses to qualify, resigns, or is absent from the state.
6. - 3. The judicial power, both as to matters of law and equity, is vested
in one supreme court, styled the court of appeals, and in such inferior courts
as the general assembly may, from time to time, erect and establish. The judges
hold their office during good behaviour.
KEY. An instrument made for shutting and opening a lock.
2. The keys of a house are considered as real estate, and descend to the heir
with the inheritance. But see 5 Blackf. 417.
3. When the keys of a warehouse are delivered to a purchaser of goods locked
up there, with a view of effecting a delivery of such goods, the delivery is
complete. The doctrine of the civil law is the same. Dig. lib. 41, t. 1, 1. 9,
6; and lib. 18, t. 1, 1. 74.
KEY, estates. A wharf at which to land goods from, or to load them in
a vessel. This word is now generally spelled Quay, from the French, quai.
KEYAGE. A toll paid for loading and unloading merchandise at a key or
KEELAGE. The right of demanding money for the bottom of ships resting
in a port or harbor. The money so paid is also called keelage.
KEELS. This word is applied, in England, to vessels employed in the
carriage of coals. Jacob, L. D.
KIDNAPPING. The forcible and unlawful abduction and conveying away of
a man, woman, or child, from his or her home, without his or her will or
consent, and sending such person away, with an intent to deprive him or her of
some right. This is an offence at common law.
KILDERKIN. A measure of capacity equal to eighteen gallons. See
KINDRED. Relations by blood.
2. Nature has divided the kindred of every one into three principal classes.
1. His children, and their descendants. 2. His father, mother, and
other ascendants. 3. His collateral relations; which include, in
the first place, his brothers and sisters, and their descendants
and, secondly, his uncles, cousins, and other relations of either
sex, who have not descended from a brother or sister of the deceased.
All kindred then are descendants, ascendants, or collaterals. A
hushand or wife of the deceased, therefore, is not his or her kindred.
14 Ves. 372. Vide Wood's Inst. 50; Ayl. Parerg. 325; Dane's Ab.
h. t.; Toll. Ex. 382, 8; 2 Chit. Bl. Com. 16, n. 59 Poth. Des Successions,
c. 1, art. 3.