Livingston County, Illinois

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Livingston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 39,678. Its county seat is Pontiac.[1]

The Pontiac Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Livingston County.

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History

Livingston was founded on February 27, 1837. It was formed from parts of McLean, LaSalle, and Iroquois counties, and named after Edward Livingston, a prominent politician. He was the mayor of New York City, represented New York in the United States House of Representatives, then represented Louisiana in both houses of Congress. He was Andrew Jackson's Secretary of State, and the United States Minister to France. Although he had no connections to Illinois, the General Assembly found him accomplished enough to name a county after him.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,045 square miles (2,708 km²), of which 1,044 square miles (2,703 km²) is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) (0.16%) is water.

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