Lawrence County, Illinois

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Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Illinois. As of 2000, the population was 15,452. Its county seat is Lawrenceville.[1]



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 374 square miles (968 km²), of which 372 square miles (963 km²) is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) (0.52%) is water.

Major highways


Lawrence County was formed in 1821 out of Crawford and Edwards Counties. It was named for Captain James Lawrence, killed in action in 1813 while in command of the frigate USS Chesapeake. Mortally wounded, he uttered the famous phrase "Don't give up the ship".

Lawrence County from its creation in 1821 to 1824

Lawrence County between 1824 and 1841, when the creation of Richland County reduced Lawrence to its current size

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