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Lee County is a county located in the state of Illinois. According to the 2010 census, it has a
population of 36,031. Lee County was created
on February 27, 1839. The county seat
is Dixon. The county is named for "Light Horse" Henry
Lee III (1756-1818), American Revolutionary War officer and ninth
Governor of Virginia.
The Dixon, IL Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Lee County.
The county is named for Richard Henry Lee, orator and statesman of the American Revolution
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Lee County was created on February 27, 1839 (Laws, 1839, p. 170) and was formed from Ogle County . Present area, or
parts of it, formerly included in: Ogle County (1836-1839), [Eastern Part: LaSalle County (1831-1836), Putnam County
(1825-1831)], [Western Part: JoDaviess County (1827-1836), Fulton County (1823-1825), Pike County (1821-1823)], [Eastern
Part: Clark County (1819-1821), Crawford County (1816-1819), Edwards County (1815-1816)], [Western Part: Bond County
(1817-1821), Madison County (1815-1817)], Madison County (1812-1817) and St. Clair County (1801-1812).
The County was named for Richard Henry Lee, an orator and statesman of the Revolutionary period, a member of the Continental Congress, a Representative in Congress and United States Senator from Virginia. The County Seat is Dixon (1839-Present).
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 729 square miles (1,889 km2), of which, 725 square miles (1,879 km2) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) of it (0.54%) is water.
Lee county is located in north Illinois. Green River State
Wildlife Area, Bartlett Woods Nature Preserve and Franklin Creek State
Park are located in this county.
Bordering counties are as follows: