Schuyler County, Illinois

Schuyler County, located in West Central Illinois, was established January 13, 1825, out of Pike and Fulton Counties. Its county seat and largest city is Rushville. After twenty voting sessions, in February 1826, Rushville was selected as the county seat. The county of Schuyler was named in honor of Philip John Schuyler, a New York delegate to the Second Continental Congress in 1775. He was commissioned a Major General and placed in command of the Continental Army in New York under George Washington. Schuyler served at the Battle of Saratoga in the fall of 1777, a turning point of the Revolutionary War. He was justly honored by the State of New York, which he represented in the United States Senate from 1789-1791. Schuyler died at the Schuyler Mansion in Albany November 18, 1804. He is buried at Albany Rural Cemetery, Menands, New York.

Schuyler County, Missouri, Schuyler County, New York, the town of Schuyler, Herkimer County, New York, and the village
of Schuylerville, Saratoga County, New York, were all named for Philip Schuyler to honor his legacy.

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