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Madison County was established on December 13, 1808 by the governor of the Mississippi territory and named in honor of James Madison, fourth President of the United States of America, and the first to visit the state of Alabama. Its county seat is Huntsville. It covers parts of the former Decatur County.
Madison County is recognized as the "birthplace" of Alabama, which was founded here on December 14, 1819.
For much of the county's history, the economy has revolved mostly around agriculture. Madison County was one of the largest cotton-producing counties in the state of Alabama, and textile mills operated around the county.
This all changed when a group of German rocket scientists, led by Wernher von Braun, came to Huntsville in 1950. They developed the Mercury-Redstone Rocket, which eventually became the first vehicle to launch an American into space. Tens of thousands of jobs came to the area as a result of the "space race"
CITIES AND MUNICIPALITIES
* Gurley * Harvest * Hazel Green * Huntsville (part - part of Huntsville is in Limestone County) *
* Madison (part - part of Madison is in Limestone County) * Meridianville * Moores Mill *
* New Hope * New Market * Owens Cross Roads * Redstone Arsenal * Triana *
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- Website Updates:
- Jan 2016: Misc Records: 1931 County Officers; Bios: BARRONOct 2015: Misc Records: 1913 County Officers; Query: GRAHAMJul 2015: 1939 Confederate PensionersMar 2015: Obit: HORTON - Submitted by Candi Horton
- Feb 2015: Bio: PICKENS
- Jan 2015: Marriage News: ROBERTSON, BROOKS, ROBINSON, JONES, TERRY, FACKLER, FULLINGTON, MARION; Bios: CALDWELL; Death News: SPRAGGINS, MATTHEWS, CLAY, POPE, DARWIN, MITCHEL, SPILLMAN, JOHNSON, CORRIGAN
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