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Warren County, Missouri

Warren County Education, Geography, and History

County Seat: Warrenton
Year Organized: 1833
Square Miles: 432
Court House:

104 W. Booneslick
County Courthouse
Warrenton, MO 63383

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Named for Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War general.


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History of Warren County

In the east-central part of Missouri, bounded on the north by Montgomery and Lincoln Counties, on the east by Lincoln, and St. Charles Counties, on the south by the Missouri River and on the west by Montgomery County. Named in honor of General Joseph Warren, who fell at the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775. He was born at Roxbury, Massachusetts, June 11, 1741, and was graduated from Harvard College in 1759, and later studied medicine in Boston. He took part in a combat which destroyed a British ship of war off Chelsea Beach. He was one of the leaders who opposed the Stamp Act and drafted the Suffolk Resolves, which urged forcible opposition to Great Britain, if necessary, and pledged submission to the Continental Congress, which resolves were passed September 9, 1774. He was a member of the first three provincial congresses and president of the third. He was a volunteer at the Battles of Lexington and Bunker Hill. On June 14, 1775, he was commissioned an American major general, but three days later, and before his commission was made out, he fell mortally wounded. He was Grand-master of all Lodges of Free Masons in the United States at the time of his death. The first white settlement in Warren County was made by French trappers and traders at the village of Charrete about 1763. After the French colonists came David Bryan in 1800, 1801, or 1802, and settled on the Tuque, an elevated land about one and one-half miles southeast of Marthasville. Robert Ramsey, William Ramsey, and Thomss Kennedy came to the county about this time. Warren County was organized by a legislative act in 1833. It was carved out of Montgomery County. (Campbell, 625; Barns, 544; HIST. ST. CHARLES, 956; MONUMENT TO WARREN, 16-17; Conard VI, 337-8; Williams, STATE OF MISSOURI, 573; Eaton; Warren Centennial, 9)

Source: Harrison, Eugenia L. "Place Names Of Four River Counties In Eastern Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1943.

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