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County Name Origin

-Posted on January 22, 2018
 

Macomb County Alexander Macomb (1782-1841)—This county was created on January 15, 1818, by proclamation of Michigan's territorial governor, Lewis Cass (1782-1866). He named the county in honor of his friend, General Alexander Macomb, who had been born in Detroit when if was still controlled by the British. Macomb devoted his adult life to the army. He was commissioned a cornet of cavalry in 1798 and he was soon promoted to second lieutenant. He was one of the first two students to receive for-mal training at West Point and complete a course of study there. When our coun-try declared war on Great Britain in 1812, Macomb became a colonel of artillery. After participating in the capture of Fort George, he was promoted to brigadier-general. However, it was at Plattsburg, New York, that Macomb made his biggest mark on U.S. military history. There he skillfully led the defense of our position. Macomb and his troops at Plattsburg were honored by the U.S. Congress and Macomb was promoted to brevet major-general for this victory. He remained in the army after the War of 1812 and was stationed at Detroit in command of our country's northwestern frontier. In 1828 Macomb was promoted to senior major-general and commanding general of the United States army. He held that position until his death in 1841. 

County Name Origins of the United States
Authored by Michael A. Beatty and  Published by McFarland, 2001