Indiana is divided into ninety-two counties. The oldest and newest Counties in Indiana are Knox County
(created 1790) and Newton County (created 1857).Many Indiana counties are named for the US Founding Fathers and personalities of the American Revolutionary War,
the War of 1812 and Battle of Tippecanoe; early leaders of Indiana Territory and Indiana, as well as surrounding
states like Michigan and Kentucky; plus Native American tribes and geographical features.
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LawrenceCounty is a county located in the state of Indiana. As of 2010, the
population was 46,134. Lawrence County was
created on March 1, 1818. The countyseat is Bedford.
The county is named for Captain James Lawrence, hero of
the War of 1812.
Etymology - Origin of Lawrence County Name
The county is named for naval officer Captain James Lawrence, of the Frigate Chesapeake, whose trips to England
failed to avert the War of 1812. He was killed in the battle with the Frigate Shannon during that war.
Lawrence County began its formal existence March 1, 1818. It was named for Capt. James Lawrence, who uttered the
famous words "Don't give up the ship" after being mortally wounded during the War of 1812.
Lawrence County is divided into 9 Civil Townships as follows: Bono, Guthrie, Indian Creek, Marion, Marshall,
Perry, Pleasant Run, Shawswick and Spice Valley. The township once known as Flinn in now included in portions of
Shawswick, Pleasant Run and Guthrie Townships
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,171 km2), of which 449
square miles (1,162 km2) is land and 3 square miles (8 km2) (0.72%) is water.
Lawrence county is located in south Indiana. Part of Hoosier National
Forest is located in this county.