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The county was founded December 14,
1818, and named for Major General Benjamin Lincoln of the American
Its county seat is Troy.
Goodspeed's History of Lincoln County, Missouri (1888), Lincoln County was
named by Major Christopher Clark, the first permanent white settler, when
he addressed the Territorial Legislature saying, "I was born, sir, in
Link-Horn County, N.C., I lived for many years in Link-Horn County in old
Kain-tuck. I wish to die in Link-Horn County, in Missouri; and I move,
therefore, that the blank in the bill be filled with the name Link-Horn."
The motion was carried unanimously and the clerk, not adopting the
frontier parlance of the Major, wrote "Lincoln" in the blank spa ce of the
Others say it was named for Major General Benjamin Lincoln who
served in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary
Cities and Villages
Cave * Chain of Rocks * Elsberry * Foley * Fountain N'
Lakes * Hawk Point * Moscow M ills *
Old Monroe * Silex * Troy (county
seat) * Truxton * Whiteside * Winfield
Briscoe * Corso * Olney