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Warren County Bicentennial

Floyd Bennett speaking at Shepard Park


Warren County Timeline

  • 1813: County seat established, as well as courts and annual meeting of Board of Supervisors at Lake George Coffee House
  • 1813: Coroners appointed by Governor
  • 1813: John Beebe of Caldwell appointed County Clerk May 11, 1813-February 15, 1815
  • 1813: Judges of Court of Common Pleas and Master of Court Chancery appointed by Governor
  • 1813: Henry Spencer appointed first Warren County Sheriff
  • 1814: Sealer of Weights and Measures appointed by Governor
  • 1815: Suitable site located for County buildings
  • 1817: New courthouse built in Caldwell (Lake George)
  • 1818: $650 expended to fireproof County Clerk’s office
  • 1818: First district attorney for Warren County elected
  • 1822: County forms Assembly district
  • 1824: Elections for Board of Supervisors
  • 1826: County purchases land at cost of $1400 for erection of Warren County Almshouse
  • 1843: Courthouse and Clerk’s office destroyed by fire
  • 1868: Effort to change county seat from Caldwell (Lake George) to Glens Falls
  • 1877: 1877 Expansion of existing courthouse, jail, sheriff’s house, including the landmark tower facade
  • 1907: County Attorney position established
  • 1908: Highway Department established (became DPW in 1971)
  • 1922: Warren County Health Camp for Children founded
  • 1928: Westmount Sanatorium opened as hospital for treatment of tuberculosis
  • 1943: Warren County Airport established at County Line Road
  • 1944: County Historian appointed
  • 1954: Westmount closes as hospital and reestablished as Westmount Infirmary under Department of Social Services
  • 1954: Department of Local Assessments established by the Board of Supervisors, aka Bureau of Land Assessment
  • 1962: Probation Department established
  • 1968: Position of Auditor established
  • 1968: Warren County Children’s Health Camp closed
  • 1969: Purchasing Department established
  • 1970: Department of Real Property Tax Service evolves from earlier Bureau of Local Assessments with duties set forth in Article 15A
  • 1971: Personnel Department established (later became Civil Service)
  • 1971: Data Processing Department established (later changed to IT in 2003)
  • 1971: Public Works Department established (formerly Highway Department)
  • 1973: Office of Aging established
  • 1976: Administration and Fiscal Services (County Administrator) established
  • 1977: Solid Waste Management Department (under DPW now)
  • 1979: Planning and County Development Department established
  • 1981: Westmont Sanatorium and Health Facility opened February 7th
  • 1988: Youth Bureau established as County Agency
  • 1990: Fire Prevention Department established
  • 1990: Records Management Department established
  • 1994: Tourism and Industrial Promotion Department becomes Tourism Department
  • 2006: Human Resources Department established
  • 2011: Human Resources Department abolished

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About Joseph Warren

Warren County was named for General Joseph Warren, a Revolutionary War hero. Joseph Warren was born in Roxbury MA in 1741, graduated from Harvard University in 1759, became a physician, and the later joined with other doctors in setting up an isolation hospital on an island in Boston Harbor as the result of a smallpox epidemic in 1763.

Joseph Warren was a leader in the repeal of the Stamp Act of 1765 and was active with the Sons of Liberty and with pro-American Masons, serving as Grand Master of the lodges in the colonies. He was chosen as orator in 1772 and 1775 at ceremonies commemorating the Boston Massacre. Warren was foremost among five men whom the British Ministry charged with treason as a result of the Boston Tea Party on December 16, 1773. He was, along with fellow Massachusetts patriots, a leader in grappling with British incursions, and on April 18, 1775, he sent Paul Revere and William Dawes to spread the alarm of English plans to destroy Boston.

The next day Joseph Warren helped to organize the Minute Men and came close to death when a British bullet cut a lock of hair near his ear. For the next two months, he devoted himself to organizing the men who poured into Cambridge and to making full use of Lexington and Concord to rouse the other colonies to the reality of war. Named a lieutenant general, he attended a meeting of the Council of War in Cambridge on June 17 and went as a volunteer to Bunker Hill. Fighting through the afternoon, Warren was fatally hit by a bullet through his head. His body was exhumed from the site a year later, identified by a small silver wire which Paul Revere had once used to secure a tooth for his friend. Joseph Warren was later buried in the Forest Hills Cemetery at Roxbury.