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Biographical History of Rock Island County Illinois
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The Biographical History of Rock Island County Illinois provides 165 biographies of the leading men in the establishment of Rock County, Illinois. These extensive biographies provide a narrative into the History of Rock Island County Illinois.
Rock Island County was formed in 1831 from the county of Jo Daviess. It was named after an island in the Mississippi River. In 1833 early pioneers approved formation of a county government with the first county election held on July 5th of that year. In 1856 petitions were submitted to the County Board requesting the formation of townships during the next election in November. In this election Col. George Davenport, John W. Spencer and George W. Harlan were the first County Commissioners elected along with Benjamin Axe being chosen first Sheriff and Levi Wells first County Coroner. This township form of government is still in existence after nearly 150 years.
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