Montgomery County, New York

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Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of New York. It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 at the Battle of Quebec. The county seat is Fonda.



For the history of Montgomery County prior to 1784 see Tryon County, New York

In 1784, following end of the American Revolutionary War, the name of Tryon County was changed to Montgomery County. This change was to honor the general, Richard Montgomery, who had captured several places in Canada and died attempting to capture the city of Quebec, replacing the name of the British governor.

In 1789, Ontario County was split off from Montgomery. The actual area split off from Montgomery County was much larger than the present county, also including the present Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Niagara, Orleans, Steuben, Wyoming, Yates, and part of Schuyler and Wayne Counties.

In 1791, Herkimer, Otsego, and Tioga Counties were split off from Montgomery.

In 1802, portions of Clinton, Herkimer, and Montgomery Counties were combined to form St. Lawrence County.

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