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Lee County was the location of the so-called "Halfbreed Tract".
Fort Madison dates to the war of 1812. Large scale European American settlement in the area started in 1839, when members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, fleeing persecutions in Missouri, settled in the county. Although Nauvoo, across the border in Hancock County, Illinois became the main center of Latter-day Saints settlement at this time, there was a stake organized in Lee County under the direction of John Smith, the uncle of the prophet Joseph Smith.
It was established in 1836 and named for a family prominent in the New York Land Company,
It has two county seats - Fort Madison and Keokuk
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