Edgar County, Illinois

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Edgar County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 19,704. Its county seat is Paris.[1]



Edgar County was formed out of Clark County in 1823 and named for John Edgar,[2] an Irish-born officer in the Royal Navy who resigned rather than fight against the Americans in the Revolutionary War. Edgar moved to Kaskaskia, Illinois in 1784, becoming a miller and merchant in that town.

Edgar County was created with its present borders, but had a large tract of unorganized territory temporarily attached to it.[3]

Edgar County between 1825 and 1826

Edgar County between 1826 and 1830

Edgar County in 1830, when the additional territory was incorporated into Coles County


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 624 square miles (1,616.2 km2), of which 623 square miles (1,613.6 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.10%) is water.

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