Morrow County, Ohio

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Morrow County is a county located in the state of Ohio, United States. Shawnee people used the area for hunting purposes before white settlers arrived in the early 19th century. Morrow County was organized in 1848 from parts of four neighboring counties and named for Jeremiah Morrow, Governor of Ohio from 1822 to 1826. As of 2000, the population was 31,628, and the census estimated the population to be 34,529 in 2006.[2] Its county seat is Mount Gilead[3]. The center of population of Ohio is also located east of Mount Gilead.[4] Morrow County is part of the Columbus Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Famous people born in Morrow County include (1) Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States, who was born near Blooming Grove, Ohio, in northeast Morrow County; (2) Quaker abolitionist Richard Dillingham, who was born in Peru Township; (3) Reverend Frank W. Gunsaulus, cleryman, writer and educator (see Illinois Institute of Technology), who was born in Chesterville, Ohio; and (4) writer Dawn Powell, who was born in Mount Gilead.

Morrow County's historic World War I Victory Shaft, unique in the United States, is located in the center of downtown Mount Gilead. Other areas interesting to the tourist include: Mount Gilead State Park; Amish farms and businesses near Johnsville and Chesterville; the Mid-Ohio Race Track near Steam Corners; the rolling Allegheny foothills of eastern Morrow County; the site of the birthplace of President Warren G. Harding near Blooming Grove; the site of the former Ohio Central College in Iberia; the early 19th century architecture of buildings in Chesterville, Ohio; the Revolutionary War Soldiers' Memorial in Mount Gilead; the Civil War monument in Cardington; and the mid-19th century architecture of the Morrow County Courthouse and Old Jail in Mount Gilead.


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