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347 Warren County Bicentennial



Commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the Government of Warren County, Pennsylvania


WHEREAS, October 1, 2019 marks the 200th anniversary of the creation of Warren County as a separate and distinct political subdivision, and it is fitting to recognize the County of Warren on the occasion of this special milestone; and


WHEREAS, the county's namesake, Revolutionary War Gen. Joseph Warren was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775 fighting as a private in spite of his rank; and


WHEREAS, in 1792, an act of the Pennsylvania legislature set aside land for a town of Warren. The surveying was done in 1795 by Gen. William Irvine, after whom Irvine, Pennsylvania is named.


WHEREAS, the legislature created eight new counties, including Warren County, in 1800. However, for tax purposes, the five new counties in the northwestern part of the state were merged together as Crawford County, with Meadville as the county seat; and


WHEREAS, Warren was removed from Crawford County in 1805 and added to Venango County. In 1808, the Court of Common Pleas in Franklin approved Warren County's first municipalities - Brokenstraw and Conewango townships - which made up the whole of the county; and


WHEREAS, the Pennsylvania General Assembly enacted legislation on March 16, 1819 to "organize the provisional county of Warren for Judicial purposes" and


WHEREAS, the General Assembly proclaimed the following: "BE it enacted by the senate and house of representatives of the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in general assembly met, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the first day of October next, the inhabitants of the county of Warren shall enjoy all and singular, the jurisdictions, powers, rights, liberties and privileges whatsoever, within the same, which the inhabitants of any other counties of this state do, may or ought to enjoy, by the laws and constitution of this commonwealth;" and


WHEREAS, the City of Warren has been the seat of the county since its founding and the current Warren County Courthouse, a National Register of Historic Places site, was initially constructed in 1876-77 and added to in 1912 and 2004; and


THEREFORE, we the Commissioners of Warren County do hereby proclaim October 1, 2019 as the 200th Anniversary of Warren County, Pennsylvania, and urge all citizens to reflect on the rich heritage of the county and to participate in a bicentennial commemoration planned for October 5 at noon on the steps of the Warren County Courthouse.


ADOPTED this 25th day of September 2019





Benjamin Kafferlin




Cindy Morrison

Attest:                                                                                         Vice Chair



Pamela J. Matve                                                                      Jeff Eggleston

Chief Clerk                                                                                Secretary