Butler county was formed on January 18, 1810 from portions of Logan and Ohio Counties. It was the 53rd county organized in Kentucky, and was named for General Richard Butler (1743-1791) a Revolutionary War soldier from Pennsylvania. General Butler was killed by Indians in the defeat of St. Clair.
Butler County, Kentucky is located in the Western Coal Field region of the state. It lies on both sides of Green River in the southwest part of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 385 to 810 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 13,010 in a land area of 428 square miles, an average of 30.39 people per square mile. The county seat is Morgantown.
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