Lawrence County, Ohio

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Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Ohio. As of 2000, the population was 62,319. Its county seat is Ironton[2] and is named for James Lawrence, the naval officer famous for the line "do not give up the ship".[3]

Lawrence County is a part of the Huntington-Ashland, WV-KY-OH, Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of the 2000 census, the MSA had a population of 288,649.



The earliest settlers, Luke Kelly, his family and May Keyser, settled at Hanging Rock, along the Ohio River 1n 1796.[4] Lawrence County was formed on December 20, 1816 from parts of Gallia and Scioto Counties, with the county seat being at Burlington. .[4] In 1851 the county seat was moved from Burlington to Ironton. A new court House was built at that time but it burned in 1857. The present court house was built in 1908.

Citizens from Lawrence County served in the Mexican-American War with at least one having died during that conflict. According to the Legion of Honor, which appeared in the Ironton Register, October 9, 1862, about 3200 of Lawrence County's men were soldiers in the Union Army by that point in the American Civil War.[5] Surely, more enlisted or were drafted[6][7] in the remaining 2 & 1/2 years of the war. World War I saw 2200 of Lawrence County's men serving the U.S.A. of which 99 died.[8] An unknown number of Lawrence County citizens served in World War II, The Korean War, the Vietnam War, and both Gulf Wars.

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