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Maryville, Missouri is the county seat of Nodaway County, and home to Northwest Missouri State University, the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, and Northwest Technical School. The city was formed in 1845, and named for Mrs. Mary Graham, the wife of Amos Graham, who was then the county clerk. Mrs. Graham was the first European-American woman to live within the area that was to become Maryville. Maryville is in the Glacial Plains region of Missouri and, prior to the arrival of European-American settlers, the land was home to the Iowa, Sac and Fox tribes, as well as a band of Potawatomis. Maryville is the birthplace of the writers, Dale Carnegie and Homer Croy, and was home to Albert P. Morehouse, the 26th governor of Missouri, and to Forrest C. Donnell, the 40th governor of Missouri. Maryville is accessed through US Highway 71, which intersects with US Highway 136 on the east side of the city. Missouri Route 46 passes through town. Pickering is north of Maryville, Ravenwood is to the east, Pumpkin Center is south, and Wilcox and Burlington Junction are to the northwest. The Iowa border is not far from the city, to the north.


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