Monroe County, West Virginia

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Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 14,583. Its county seat is Union[1]. Monroe County was created from Greenbrier County in 1799. It was named for James Monroe who eventually became the fifth President of the United States.

Monroe County was the home of Andrew Summers Rowan of Spanish-American War fame, who is immortalized in Elbert Hubbard's classic A Message to Garcia. The county was also the site of the 1928 discovery of the 34.48 carat (6.896 g) Jones Diamond by Grover C. Jones and his son, William "Punch" Jones.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 474 square miles (1,227 km²), of which 473 square miles (1,226 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.06%) is water.

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