When you get elected for any position in local, state or national government, you must take an oath. Millions watch the newly elected president take the oath on the steps of the White House. In Kentucky, if elected, your oath involves swearing that you have NEVER done this.

Every elected official in Kentucky has to take an oath that they've never been in a duel.

Here is the oath in it's entirety -

Kentucky Constitution
Section 228
Oath of officers and attorneys.

Members of the General Assembly and all officers, before they enter upon the execution of the duties of their respective offices, and all members of the bar, before they enter upon the practice of their profession, shall take the following oath or affirmation: I do solemnly swear (or affirm, as the case may be) that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky so long as I continue a citizen thereof, and that I will faithfully execute, to the best of my ability, the office of .... according to law; and I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that since the adoption of the present Constitution, I, being a citizen of this State, have not fought a duel with deadly weapons within this State nor out of it, nor have I sent or accepted a challenge to fight a duel with deadly weapons, nor have I acted as second in carrying a challenge, nor aided or assisted any person thus offending, so help me God.


Text as Ratified on: August 3, 1891, and revised September 28, 1891.



Source: Kentucky


Notice that the oath was created in 1891, but you still need to promise you have never dueled. I guess you can still date your cousin though. HAHA!!

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