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Named for Richard Montgomery, a Revolutionary General, of Irish birth, who was
killed in the assault against Quebec on December 31, 1775.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY, an interior county, situated northeast of St. Louis and south of
Springfield; area 702 square miles, population (1900), 30,836-derives its name from Gen. Richard Montgomery. The
earliest settlements by Americans were toward the close of 1816, county organization being effected five years
later. The entire population, at that time, scarcely exceeded 100 families. The surface is undulating, well watered
and timbered. The seat of county government is located at Hillsboro. Litchfield is an important town. Here are
situated car-shops and some manufacturing establishments. Conspicuous in the county's history as pioneers were
Harris Reavis, Henry Pyatt, John Levi, Aaron Casey, John Tillson, Hiram Rountree, the Wrights (Joseph and Charles),
the Hills (John and Henry), William McDavid and John Russell.
"Historical Encylopedia of Illinois", 1901
Source: Illinois State Archives website and wikipedia.org
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