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Ford County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it had a
population of 14,081. Ford County was created
on February 17, 1859. The county seat
is Paxton. The county is named for Thomas Ford
(1800-1850), eighth Governor of Illinois and he served during the
Illinois Mormon War.
Ford County is part of the Champaign-Urbana, IL Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The County was named for Thomas Ford, the eighth Governor of the State of Illinois. Ford served Governor of the State of Illinois from December 8, 1842 to December 9, 1846.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Ford County was created on February 17, 1859 (Laws, 1859, p. 29) and was formed from unorganized (Vermilion County).
Present area, or parts of it, formerly included in: Vermilion County (1826-1859), Edgar County (1823-1826), Clark County
(1819-1823), Crawford County (1816-1819), Edwards County (1815-1816), Madison County (1812-1815), St. Clair County
(1801-1812) and Knox, Northwest Territory (1790-1801).
The County was named for Thomas Ford, the eighth Governor of the State of Illinois. Ford served Governor of the State of Illinois from December 8, 1842 to December 9, 1846. The County Seat is Paxton (Name changed from Prospect City in September, 1859).
History of Ford 1859 to
1859 - FORD COUNTY - 1959
(this information from Centurama Celebrating The First 100 Years of Ford County, Illinois 1859-1959)
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 486 square miles (1,260 km2), of which, 486 square miles (1,258 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (1 km2) of it (0.11%) is water.
Ford county is located close to the center of Illinois.
Bordering counties are as follows: