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Lafayette County, Missouri

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The county was organized November 16, 1820 from Cooper County and originally named Lillard County for James Lillard of Tennessee, who served in the first state constitutional convention and first state legislature. It was renamed Lafayette County on February 16, 1825, in honor of Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de La Fayette, who was then visiting the United States.

Lafayette County was settled primarily from migrants from the Upper Southern states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. They brought slaves and slaveholding traditions and started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco.

Adjacent Counties


  • Alma
  • Aullville
  • Bates City
  • Blackburn
  • Concordia
  • Corder
  • Dover
  • Emma
  • Higginsville
  • Lake Lafayette
  • Lexington (County Seat)
  • Mayview
  • Napoleon
  • Oak Grove
  • Odessa
  • Waverly
  • Wellington



Big Muddy Nat'l Fish & Wildlife Refuge (part)

Nat'l Reg. of Hist. Places