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New York CountiesThere are 62 counties in the State of New York. The first twelve counties in New York were created immediately after the British annexation of the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, although two of these counties have since been abolished. The most recent county formation in New York was in 1912, when Bronx County was created from the portions of New York City that had been annexed from Westchester County. New York's counties are named for a variety of Native American words, British provinces, cities, and royalty, early American statesmen and generals, and state politicians.
Montgomery County, New York
Montgomery County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of Major General Richard Montgomery, who was killed in the attack on Quebec in 1775
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
This county was formed from Albany, March 12, 1772, under the name of "Tryon Co". Its name was changed April 2, 1784.
Ontario was taken off in 1789, Herkimer, Otsego, and Tioga in 1791, Hamilton in 1816, and Fulton in 1838. It lies on
both sides of the Mohawk, centrally distant 39 miles from Albany, and contained 436 sq. mi.
Tryon County, as Montgomery County was originally known, was set off from Albany County in 1772 on the petition of Sir William Johnson and named Tryon in honor of his friend, the Colonial Governor William Tryon. Johnstown was set up as the county seat. After the close of the Revolutionary War, the name of the county was changed to Montgomery in honor of General Richard Montgomery. All the land south of Oneida Lake and west of Utica to the present city of Buffalo was named Whitestown, in honor of early pioneer Hugh White, and was added to Montgomery County. Full History at NYSAC
Montgomery County is located in the central part of the state, west of the city of Schenectady and northwest of
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"