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Hamilton County

Hamilton County is named for Alexander Hamilton, who was a revolutionary soldier and the first Secretary of the Treasury from 1789 to 1795.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wayne County

E – White County 

S – Saline County

W – Franklin County and Jefferson County 


Created:  February 8, 1821                                                        Map of Illinois highlighting Hamilton County

County Seat:

McLeansboro  1821 – present


County Courthouse – McLeansboro


Location:  100 South Jackson Street / Main Street

Built:  1937 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  William R McCoy

Contractor:  E A Brunson Construction Company


Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of McLeansboro. In the center of each side of the square building is a protruding brick portico over a doorway on the first story and with gray colored stone trim over the doorway and over the windows on the second story. The base of the building is gray colored stone. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 2nd Judicial Circuit. The building was constructed under the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works.


See:  The 2nd Judicial Circuit includes Crawford County, Edwards CountyFranklin County, Gallatin CountyHardin County, Jefferson CountyLawrence County, Richland County, Wabash CountyWayne County and White County.


History:  The county was created in 1821 and McLeansboro was selected as the county seat. A log structure was built in 1821 as the first courthouse. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1840. The courthouse burned in 1894. The county operated without a courthouse using rented premises. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1937 to 1938.



County Courthouse – McLeansboro 















Photos taken 2007 and 2012