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Gen. George Armstrong Custer
1839-1876
Monroe is proud to be the
hometown of General Custer
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MONROE COUNTY SINCE 1817
Monroe County was established in July, 1817, as one of the first steps in the organization of Michigan Territory after the War of 1812. Then the old settlement of Frenchtown which centered upon this square took the name of Monroe and became the county seat, September, 1817. At first Monroe County included the lands now Lenawee and Washtenaw Counties. After the latter were established Lenawee was attached to Monroe County for administrations, 1822-26. Controversy Over the country's southeastern boundary culminated in the bloodless Michigan-Ohio was 1835-36. In settlement the U.S. congress gave Ohio Monroe County lands that became Toledo. Michigan in return obtained its Upper Peninsula.

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