List of counties in the United States that honor former presidents
Twenty-four U.S. presidents have their own counties or counties with similar names in the United States.
Twenty-four U.S. presidents have S places equivalent to counties named after them
An Overview of the County [ edit ]
A county is a geographic region in the United States that is part of a state administratively or politically and has its own set of authorities and boundaries. Townships, cities, and unincorporated communities are all types of county subdivisions. There are counties that are also cities because they were formed through municipal consolidation.
Of the fifty United States, 48 S the United States Census Bureau uses county divisions to break down most states, while the remaining two states and four of the five territories have their own system of county equivalents. Various types of subdivisions are used by the territories; for example, [a] Louisiana is divided into parishes, [b] Alaska is divided into boroughs, and [c] the rest of the territories use various other types of subdivisions. The United States Census Bureau recognizes some state capitals as functionally equivalent to counties.
George Washington, the first President of the United States, is honored with the naming of 30 counties and one parish.
- Alabama's Washington County
- Place Name: Washington County, Arkansas1
- Colorado's Washington County
- Florida's Washington County
- Area of Georgia known as Washington County
- Geographic Name: Washington County, Idaho1
- Locale: Washington County, Illinois1
- Location: Washington County, Indiana1
- Iowa's Washington County
- County Seat of Washington, Kansas
- Kentucky's Washington County
- County Seat of Washington, Maine
- Locale: Washington County, MD
- Minnesota's Washington County
- Located in the heart of Mississippi, Washington County
- County Seat of Washington, Missouri
- Location: Washington County, Nebraska1
- The New York County of Washington
- Location: Washington County, NC
- It's located in Ohio's Washington County
- County Seat of Washington, Oklahoma
- Portland, Oregon's Washington County
- Located in Southwestern Pennsylvania, Washington County
- County of Washington, Rhode Island
- Located in the heart of Tennessee, Washington County
- County Seat of Washington, Texas
- Location: Washington County, Utah1
- Vermont's Washington County
- Virginia's Washington County
- Greater Madison Area, Wisconsin
- Louisiana's Washington Parish
Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States, has 22 counties and one parish named after him.
- Located in Alabama's Jefferson County
- Arkansas's Jefferson County
- County of Jefferson, Florida
- Georgia's Jefferson County
- Idaho's Jefferson County
- Illinois's Jefferson County
- The county of Jefferson in Indiana
- Iowa's Jefferson County
- Kansas's Jefferson County
- Location: Jefferson County, Kentucky1
- Located in the heart of Mississippi, Jefferson County
- Place Name: Jefferson County, Missouri1
- Geographical Name: Jefferson County, Nebraska1
- New York's Jefferson County
- Ohio's Jefferson County
- Oklahoma's Jefferson County
- Pennsylvania's Jefferson County
- This is Jefferson County, Tennessee1
- Texas's Jefferson County
- County of Jefferson, State of Washington
- Geographical Indication: Jefferson County, W.Va.
- Wisconsin's Jefferson County
- Located in the state of Louisiana, Jefferson Parish
Inadvertently, Jefferson was honored by having three counties named after him:
Counties honoring Andrew Jackson [ edit ]
Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, is honored with the naming of 21 counties and one parish.
- Locale: Jackson County, AL
- This is Jackson County, Arkansas1
- County, Colorado, located in Jackson
- Place: Florida; County: Jackson
- Illinois' Jackson County
- Place: Jackson County, Indiana1
- The Iowa County of Jackson
- Kansas's Jackson County
- A portion of Kentucky called Jackson County
- Michigan's Jackson County
- Where Jackson is Made:
- It's located in Jackson County, Missouri1
- Locale: Jackson County, NC
- Located in Ohio's Jackson County
- Oregon's Jackson County
- South Dakota's Jackson County
- County Seat: Jackson, Tennessee
- Texas' Jackson County
- West Virginia's Jackson County
- Wis. County of Jackson
- The Parish of Jackson in Louisiana
- Named for Jackson's moniker, "Old Hickory," Hickory County, Missouri
There are three counties in the United States with the name Jackson County, but none of them are named for the president. Jackson County, Georgia, honors James Jackson, the 23rd governor of Georgia. Henry Jackson, a lawmaker in the first legislature of the Minnesota Territory, inspired the name of Jackson County in Minnesota. Stonewall Jackson, a Confederate general, was honored with the naming of Jackson County, Oklahoma.
James Madison's namesake counties [ edit ]
James Madison, the fourth president of the United States, has the honor of having 19 locations named after him in the United States: 18 counties and one parish.
- Location: Madison County, AL
- Geographical Name: Madison County, Arkansas1
- The Florida County of Madison
- Georgia's Madison County
- Area of Idaho called Madison County
- Illinois' Madison County
- Indiana's Madison County
- It's in Madison County, Iowa1
- A portion of Kentucky called Madison County
- Mississippi's Madison County
- Missouri's Madison County
- A town in New York's Madison County
- North Carolina's Madison County
- Greater Madison County, Ohio1
- Tennessee's Madison County
- A portion of Texas known as Madison County
- Virginia's Madison County
- Louisiana's Madison Parish
Indirect references to Madison can be found in the naming of two counties:
Lincoln County namesakes [ edit ]
The 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, has the honor of having 16 counties and one parish named after him across the country.
- Where: In the county of Lincoln, Arkansas
- Located in Colorado's Lincoln County
- The County of Lincoln, Idaho
- Kansas's Lincoln County
- Place Name: Minnesota's Lincoln County
- Location: Lincoln County, Mississippi1
- Montana's Lincoln County
- Place Name: Lincoln County, Nebraska1
- Landmark in Nevada's Lincoln County
- Location: Lincoln County, New Mexico1
- The County of Lincoln, Oklahoma
- Oregon's Lincoln County
- Washington's Lincoln County
- West Virginia's Lincoln County
- Wisconsin's Lincoln County
- The County of Lincoln, Wyoming
- Louisiana's Lincoln Parish
There are seven additional counties in the United States that share the name "Lincoln." Five of these counties are named after Benjamin Lincoln, a general in the American Revolution. The city of Lincoln, England inspired the naming of Lincoln County, Maine; likewise, Lincoln County, South Dakota was named for its namesake county in Maine.
The Monroe County namesakes [ edit ]
The fifth president of the United States, James Monroe, has 17 counties named after him.
- Alabama's Monroe County
- Arkansas's Monroe County
- Place: Monroe County, Florida1
- Georgia's Monroe County
- A portion of Illinois known as Monroe County
- In the Indiana county of Monroe
- Geographic Name: Monroe County, Iowa1
- Geographical Location:
- This is Monroe County, Michigan1.
- Mississippi's Monroe County
- Missouri's Monroe County
- New York's Monroe County
- Location: Monroe County, Ohio1
- Pennsylvania's Monroe County
- Tennessee's Monroe County
- It's located in Monroe County, West Virginia1
- Wisconsin's Monroe County
Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th President of the United States, is honored with the naming of 11 counties and one parish in the United States.
- Place Name: Grant County, Arkansas1
- Geographical Name: Grant County, Kansas1
- Here in Minnesota's Grant County
- Nebraska's Grant County
- New Mexico's Grant County
- North Dakota's Grant County
- Oklahoma's Grant County
- Oregon's Grant County.
- The County Seat of Grant in South Dakota
- Region of Washington called Grant County
- West Virginia's Grant County
- Louisiana's Grant Parish
There are three other counties in the USA that also bear the name Grant. Captains Samuel and Moses Grant of Kentucky inspired the naming of Indiana's Grant County. Samuel Grant, John Grant, and/or Squire Grant were all pioneers in what is now Grant County, Kentucky. The county seat of Grant, Wisconsin honors an early settler who established commercial relations with the area's indigenous people.
Named for James K. Polk, these counties Polk [ edit ]
Eleven American counties have been or will be named after James K. Polk, the country's eleventh president.
- Geographical Center: Polk County, Arkansas1
- Florida's Polk County
- Georgia's Polk County
- This is Polk County, Iowa1.
- Minnesota's Polk County
- Nebraska's Polk County
- A Place in Oregon Called Polk County
- The County of Polk, Tennessee
- This is Polk County, Texas1
- Wisconsin's Polk County
Both James K. Polk and his son, Leopold, are likely to have inspired the naming of Missouri's Polk County The president's grandfather, Ezekiel Polk, was an early resident of Polk County.
North Carolina's Polk County honors William Polk, an American Revolutionary War colonel.
Local jurisdictions honoring James A. Garfield [ edit ]
James A. Garfield, the 20th president of the United States, has six counties named after him across the country.
Second American president John Adams is honored with at least five counties bearing his name.
John Quincy Adams, the nation's sixth president, is honored with at least three counties bearing his name.
- Illinois's Adams County
- Indiana's Adams County
- It's located in Adams County, Wisconsin1
Adams County, Ohio and Adams County, Iowa both bear the Adams name, but it's not clear if John Adams or John Quincy Adams is being honored.
There are two additional counties named Adams in the USA. As a tribute to Alva Adams, Colorado's 5th governor, the county of Adams bears his name. John Quincy Adams, a railroad agent and distant relative of the president who shares his name, was honored with the naming of North Dakota's Adams County.
Local jurisdictions honoring William Henry Harrison [ edit ]
William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, has four counties honoring his name.
There are four other counties in the United States with the same name, "Harrison." Benjamin Harrison was an early settler in what is now Harrison County, Kentucky. U.S. President William Henry Harrison, whose name was given to the Missouri county in his honor S Representative Albert G. Harrison A lawyer and revolutionary in Texas's early history, Jonas Harrison inspired the county's namesake. Benjamin Harrison V, father of William Henry Harrison, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and the county in West Virginia that bears his name was named for him.
Named for Franklin Pierce, these counties [ edit ]
Franklin Pierce, the nation's 14th president, is honored with four counties bearing his name.
The former Governor of Dakota Territory and United States Senator Gilbert Ashville Pierce inspired the naming of North Dakota's Pierce County. S Representing North Dakota in the Senate
Districts honoring President Zachary Taylor's name [ edit ]
Zachary Taylor, the nation's twelfth president, has four counties named after him across the United States.
There are three other counties in the United States that also bear the name "Taylor." Edward Taylor, George Taylor, and James Taylor were three brothers from Texas who sacrificed themselves at the Alamo. John Taylor, a West Virginia politician and author, was honored with the naming of Taylor County. In honor of Governor William R. Taylor, Wisconsin's Taylor County bears his name.
Martin Van Buren's counties [ edit ]
Eighth American president Martin Van Buren has the honor of having four counties named after him across the country.
James Buchanan, the fifteenth president of the United States, has three counties named after him in the United States.
- Iowa's Buchanan County
- County Seat: Buchanan, Missouri
- A portion of the Commonwealth of Virginia known as Buchanan County
Millard Fillmore, the nation's 13th president, is honored with the naming of three counties across the country.
- Where to Find Fillmore County, Minnesota1
- Place Name: Fillmore County, Nebraska1
- Locality: Millard County, Utah1
Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, is honored with the naming of two American counties.
- Arkansas's Cleveland County
- Oklahoma's Cleveland County
Benjamin Cleveland, a colonel in the American Revolution who fought in the Battle of King's Mountain, is honored with the naming of North Carolina's Cleveland County.
Regions of the United States honored by the naming of their counties after Theodore Roosevelt [ edit ]
Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States, has two counties named after him in the United States.
- Montana's Roosevelt County
- Where Roosevelt Lives: New Mexico's Roosevelt County
John Tyler, the tenth president of the United States, was honored with the naming of Tyler County, Texas.
Named after John Tyler Sr., the elder Tyler was the president's father and the inspiration for the county's name.
Chester A. County namesakes Arthur [ edit ]
Chester A. Arthur, the twenty-first president of the United States, was honored with the naming of Arthur County, Nebraska.
Regions of the country honoring Warren G. Harding [ edit ]
Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States, was honored with the naming of New Mexico's Harding County.
South Dakota's Harding County was named after J. A. Harding, a territorial legislator.
Named after Rutherford B. Hayes [ edit ]
The nineteenth president of the United States, Rutherford B. Hayes, was honored with the naming of Nebraska's Hayes County.
William McKinley County namesakes [ edit ]
After William McKinley, the 25th president of the United States, the county in New Mexico bears his name.
Instances of Government in Other Countries [ edit ]
Presidents who do not have a county bearing their name [ edit ]
The following 21 presidents do not have a county named after them: Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Joe Biden
There are a total of twelve Johnson Counties in the United States, nine Clinton Counties, five Carter Counties, four Wilson Counties, two Ford Counties, and one Reagan County; however, not a single one of these counties is named after a president.
Presidency-related county names have been changed. [ edit ]
Counties' names have been changed [ edit ]
The county that is now known as Cass in Missouri was first named Van Buren County, after former U.S. President Martin Van Buren. In 1849, it got a new name in honor of Senator Lewis Cass. 
Originally named Buchanan County, Stephens County, Texas was named after President James Buchanan. In 1861 it was rechristened after Alexander H. Stephens, the vice president of the Confederate States of America.
County extinctions [ edit ]
DC (Washington) C Washington County, D.C., was a county in the District of Columbia until the District of Columbia Organic Act of 1871 abolished it.
President James A. Garfield was honored by having his name bestowed upon a county in Kansas. Garfield It was founded in 1887 and served as its county seat until 1893, when it merged with neighboring Finney County, Kansas.
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