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Monroe County, West Virginia

US county information
NameMonroe County
StateWest Virginia
SeatUnion
US Area
Total Area474 sq mi (1227.7 km2)
Land Area474 sq mi (1227.7 km2)
Population14583 (2000)
Density12/km2 (31.1/sq mi)
Founded1799

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Monroe County is a county located in the U.S. state of West Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,502. Its county seat is Union . 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.


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