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Lawrence County, Missouri

US county information
NameLawrence County
StateMissouri
SeatMount Vernon
Largest cityAurora
US Area
Total Area613.38 sq mi (1588.7 km2)
Land Area613.08 sq mi (1587.9 km2)
Water Area0.30 sq mi (0.8 km2)
Population35204 (2000)
Density22/km2 (57/sq mi)
Named forJames Lawrence, naval officer
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Lawrence County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 35,204. Its county seat is Mount Vernon. The county was organized in 1843 and named for James Lawrence, a naval officer from the War of 1812 known for his statement, "Don't give up the ship." Note that there was a previous Lawrence County, established in 1815 and dissolved in 1818, being divided into Wayne County, Madison County, and later into others, including this one.


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