Andrew County, Missouri

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Andrew County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population is 16,492. Its county seat is Savannah[1]. The county was organized in 1841 and named for lawyer Andrew Jackson Davis. The county along with Buchanan and DeKalb counties in Missouri and Doniphan County, Kansas, is included in the St. Joseph Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 122,306 in 2006. It is currently part of the 12th district of the Missouri State Senate, currently represented by Brad Lager, and the 28th district of the Missouri House of Representatives, currently represented by Robert Schaaf.

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History

(The following material is on a plaque erected by the State Historical Society of Missouri and State Highway Commission in 1960 and now located by the Andrew County Courthouse.)

Andrew county, organized 1841, is one of 6 counties in the Indian Platte Purchase Territory annexed to Missouri, 1837. named for Andrew Jackson Davis, St. Louis editor, the county was first settled in the middle 1830's. Pioneers were from Ohio, Ind., Tenn., Ky., VA., and other parts of Missouri.

Savannah, the county seat, was laid out in 1841. First briefly called Union, it was renamed for Savannah, Ga. The Platte Co. R. R. (C. B. & Q.) reached there in 1860, and today's Chicago., Great Western in the late 1880’s. In the post Civil War years, the town grew as shipping point and trading center.

A divided county during the Civil War, Andrew sent troops to both sides. In Aug., 1861 come 1500 from Andrew and other counties joined the pro-Southern Mo. State Guard at Camp Highly in eastern Andrew County while others joined a large Union cap in adjacent Gentry County. In 1861, Union troops seized "Northwest Democrat," a pro-Southern newspaper, in Savannah and troops from Camp Highly seized the "Plain Dealer," Union newspaper. Raiding Guerrilla bands overran the county through 1863.

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