county. The largest territorial division for local government within a state, generally considered to be a political subdivision and a quasi-corporation. • Every county exists as a result of a sovereign act of legislation, either constitutional or statutory, separating it from the rest of the state as an integral part of its territory and establishing it as one of the primary divisions of the state for purposes of civil administration. — Abbr. co. [Cases: Counties

1. C.J.S. Counties §§ 2–4.]

“A county is a part of the realm, intirely governed by one sheriff under the king, but all subject to the general government of the realm; and therefore every county is as it were an intire body of itself, so that upon a feoffment of lands in many towns in one county, livery of seisin made in one parcel in any one of the towns in the name of all, sufficeth for all the lands in all the other towns within the same county: but upon a feoffment of lands in divers counties, there must be livery of seisin in every county.” Sir Henry Finch, Law, or a Discourse Thereof 79 (1759).

foreign county. Any county separate from that of a county where matters arising in the former county are called into question, though both may lie within the same state or country.

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