Marshall County, Tennessee

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Marshall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Its county seat is Lewisburg[1]. As of 2000, the population was 26,767.

More state governors have hailed from Marshall County than any other county in Tennessee, giving the county the nickname "Mother of Governors." Marshall County also is home of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders' and Exhibitors' Association. Another native of Marshall County is the fainting goat. To celebrate this unique breed, the county holds an annual festival known as Goats, Music and More drawing visitors from around the world.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 376 square miles (974 km²), of which 375 square miles (972 km²) is land and 1 square miles (2 km²) (0.20%) is water. The Duck River runs through the Henry Horton State Park.

Adjacent counties

History

Citizens from Bedford, Lincoln, Maury, and Giles counties petitioned the Tennessee General Assembly in 1825 to from a new county from portions of the aforementioned counties. The citizens stated that the distance from their courthouses was too far to service the citizens of those communities. On February 20, 1836 the Tennessee Legislature voted in favor of forming a new county called Marshall. The county was named after the American jurist, John Marshall, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Most records show that the majority of early settlers were farmers.

Three Tennessee governors, Buford Ellington, Henry Hollis Horton, and Jim Nance McCord, all lived in Marshall County at the time of their run for governor, earning Marshall County the nickname "Mother of Governors."

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