Ogle County, Illinois

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Ogle County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 51,032. Its county seat is Oregon[1].

The Rochelle Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Ogle County.

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History

Ogle County was formed in 1836 out of Jo Daviess and LaSalle Counties, and named in honor of Captain Joseph Ogle, a veteran of the Revolutionary War who came to Illinois in 1785. Ogle did not have an organized government until 1837, so for a year it remained attached to Jo Daviess County.[citation needed] The county was divided three years later in 1839, when Lee County was formed.

Ogle County before Lee County was split off in 1839

Politics

Ogle County is one of the most consistently Republican counties in the nation when it comes to Presidential elections. In the last 150 years Theodore Roosevelt's 1912 run as a Progressive was the only time a non-Republican carried the county. No Democratic candidate has ever won the county, which favored the Whig Party before the Republican Party was formed.[2] It is also represented by Republican Donald A. Manzullo as a county in Illinois's 16th congressional district.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 763 square miles (1,977 km²), of which 759 square miles (1,965 km²) is land and 4 square miles (11 km²) (0.58%) is water.Ogle County is bordered, on all sides, by other Illinois counties. To the north is Winnebago County, to the northeast Boone, and to the northwest Stephenson. DeKalb County lies east of Ogle County, and Carroll to the west. South of Ogle County is Lee, and Whiteside County, which is to the southwest.

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