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County Bio's

Source: State of Illinois, 175th Anniversary Blue Book, 1993-1994

Typed and Donated by Candi Horton

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ADAMS COUNTY

Established: Jan. 13, 1825

County Seat: Quincy

Named for John Quincy Adams, sixth U.S. president

 

ALEXANDER COUNTY

Established: March 4, 1819

County Seat: Cairo

Named for William M. Alexander, early settler of the district, also state representatives in second and third General Assemblies

 

BOND COUNTY

Established: Jan. 4, 1817

County Seat: Greenville

Named for gov. Shadrach Bond

 

BOONE COUNTY

Established: March 4, 1837

County Seat: Belvedere

Named for Daniel Boone, pioneer hunter, explorer and Indian fighter.

 

BROWN COUNTY

Established: Feb. 1, 1839

County Seat: Mt. Sterling

Named for Gen. Jacob Brown, soldier in War of 1812.

 

BUREAU COUNTY

Established: Feb. 28, 1837

County Seat: Princeton

Named for Pierre de Bureo, French trader with Indians.

 

CALHOUN COUNTY

Established: Jan. 10, 1825

County Seat: Hardin

Named for John C. Calhoun, southern statesman and U.S. vice-president under Adams and Jackson.

 

CARROLL COUNTY

Established: Feb. 22, 1839

County Seat: Mt. Carroll

Named for Charles Carroll of Carrollton, signer of the Declaration of Independence

 

CASS COUNTY

Established: March 3, 1837

County Seat: Virginia

Named for Gen.Lewis Cass, secretary of war under Jackson and secretary of state under Buchanan

 

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY

Established: Feb. 20, 1833

County Seat: Urbana

Named for a county in Ohio

 

CHRISTIAN COUNTY

Established: Feb. 15, 1839

County Seat: Taylorville

Named for a county in Kentucky

 

CLARK COUNTY

Established: March 22, 1819

County Seat: Marshall

Named for George Rogers Clark, soldier of the Revolution and captor of Ft. Vincennes and Kaskaskia

 

CLAY COUNTY

Established: Dec. 23, 1824

County Seat: Louisville

Named for Henry Clay, famed politician and author of the Missouri Compromise

 

CLINTON COUNTY

Established: Dec. 27, 1824

County Seat: Carlyle

Named for DeWitt Clinton, mayor of the city and governor of the State of New York; promoter of the Erie Canal

 

COLES COUNTY

Established: Dec. 25, 1830

County Seat: Charleston

Named for Gov. Edward Coles

COOK COUNTY

Established: Jan. 15, 1831

County Seat: Chicago

Named for Daniel P. Cook, pioneer lawyer, first attorney general of Illinois and member of Congress from 1819 to 1827.

 

CRAWFORD COUNTY

Established: Dec. 31, 1816

County Seat: Robinson

Named for William H. Crawford, prominent U.S. senator from Georgia and candidate for president in 1824.

 

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

Established: March 2, 1843

County Seat: Toledo

Named for the Cumberland River

 

DeKALB COUNTY

Established: March 4, 1837

County Seat: Sycamore

Named for Joann DeKalb, German who fought in the Revolution; killed in 1870

 

DeWITT COUNTY

Established: March 1, 1839

County Seat: Clinton

Named for Dewitt Clinton [see Clinton]

 

DOUGLAS COUNTY

Established: Feb. 8, 1859

County Seat: Tuscola

Named for Stephen A. Douglas, U.S. senator, 1847 to 1861

 

DuPAGE COUNTY

Established: Feb. 9, 1839

County Seat: Wheaton

Named for the DuPage River

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