Jo Daviess County
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Jo Daviess county was formed in 1827 from Henry and Putnam Counties. It is surrounded by Stephenson County, Illinois; Carroll County, Illinois; Dubuque County, Iowa; Jackson County, Iowa; Grant County, Wisconsin and Lafayette County, Wisconsin. Galena is the county seat. The county was named for Colonel Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, a Kentucky lawyer who died in 1811 while leading a charge in the Battle of Tippecanoe in Indiana. A clerical error resulted in the spelling of the county as Daviess. The "Jo" was added to distinguish the honor from a member of the House with the same name. Originally, Jo Daviess county covered the area that now makes up all or part of Bureau, Carroll, Henry, Lee, Ogle, Rock Island, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago counties.
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