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A desire had long existed among the people to have the name of the county changed from Davis to one more agreeable to the Union sentiment of the county. They did not like the idea of their county having been named after Jeff Davis, who was at that time President of the Confederacy and commander-in-chief of the Rebel army. Two years prior, an effort had been made to have the name changed from Davis to Lyon, in honor of General Lyon, who was killed at Wilson's Creek, and who had taken quite a part in the early settlement of the county. Failing in this, they made another effort in 1864 to have it changed to Lincoln, but in this also, they failed, and so it is that Davis County retains the name of the individual who was placed at the head of the rebellion for the destruction of the Union. 1
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