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Best book: This is New Jersey, by John T. Cunningham (4th edition). 10 page profiles (geography, history, economics and people) on each county.
County Name Origins of the United States, Michael A. Beatty is the perfect book for finding out how your county got its name.
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HISTORY BOOKS (your librarian can help you get these)
Morris County: The Progress of Its Legend, Dorianne R. Perrucci History of Morris County, New Jersey, Munsell
Many Morris County towns are profiled by Arcadia Publishing's Images of America book series.

How did our county get its name?
Morris County was named for Lewis Morris, first colonial governor of New Jersey.

"Lewis Morris (1671-1746)- Morris was born in what is now New York City on October 15, 1671. His parents died suddenly in 1672 and young Lewis Morris was raised by an elderly and wealthy uncle, also named Lewis Morris (-1691), who lived in the East Jersey portion of what is now the state of New Jersey. When the elder Lewis Morris died in 1691, his nephew, Lewis Morris, inherited his considerable estate. The younger Lewis Morris served in a variety of political positions in England's provinces of New York and New Jersey and he served either as governor or acting governor of colonial New Jersey on four occasions...This county was created and named in his honor on March 15, 1739, during Lewis Morris' lst term as New Jersey's colonial governor."
---County Name Origins of the United States, Michael A. Beatty, [McFarland & Company:North Carolina] 2001 (p. 322)
People: notable Morris County residents
Mahlon Dickerson, 1770-1853. NJ Supreme Ct justice and NJ Governor, US Senator and US Secretary of the Navy.
Stephen Vail, 1807-1859. Pioneered the telegraph.
Abner Doubleday 1819-1893. Civil War general.
Thomas Nast, 1840-1902. Political cartoonist, illustrator, US ambassador.
Gustav Stickley, 1858-1942. Furniture designer and manufacturer.
Joseph Warren Revere. Civil War officer, grandson of Paul Revere.
William Simon. US Secretary of the Treasury, philanthropist.
Gene Shalit, 1932-- . film critic
Whitney Houston, 1963-2012. Singer, 6-time Grammy winner.
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