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Lawrence County, Kentucky

US county information
NameLawrence County
StateKentucky
SeatLouisa
US Area
Total Area420.12 sq mi (1088.1 km2)
Land Area418.78 sq mi (1084.6 km2)
Water Area1.35 sq mi (3.5 km2)
Population15569 (2000)
Density14.3/km2 (37/sq mi)
Named forJames Lawrence (1781 1813), naval commander during the War of 1812.
Time zoneEastern
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4: -5/-4

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Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 15,569. Its county seat is Louisa . The county is named for James Lawrence, and co-founded by Isaac Bolt, who served as a Lawrence County Commissioner and Justice of the Peace. It is the home of country music star Ricky Skaggs. It is the birthplace of the late Chief Justice of the United States Frederick Moore Vinson and former Kentucky Governor Paul E. Patton. Lawrence County is one of 55 counties in Kentucky that is a dry county, meaning the sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited everywhere in the county.


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