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Evan Williams

A native of Wales, Williams came to Kentucky around 1780. He settled in Louisville, which had been established two years earlier. In 1783, Williams built his distillery on the banks of the Ohio River, distilling whiskey from corn on the east side of what is now 5th Street. It is said to have been the first commercial distillery in Kentucky, shipping barrels by flatboat down the Ohio River. In 1801, his federal distilling license indicated that he owned three whiskey stills licensed at 141, 130 and 93 gallons.

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