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Lauderdale County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 80,261. The county seat
is Meridian. The county is named for colonel James Lauderdale, who was killed at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812.
Lauderdale County is included in the Meridian, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area.
Lauderdale is named for colonel James Lauderdale, who was killed at the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Lauderdale County was established December 23, 1833, while Charles Lynch was acting-governor. By the original act it embraced "all the territory within townships 5, 6, 7 and 8, of ranges 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19," and has an area of about 19 townships.
Lauderdale County, as recited in the establishing act, was named "in memory of Col. James Lauderdale, who fell in
battle at New Orleans". James Lauderdale, of Tennessee, a member of John Coffee's mounted brigade, was wounded in
the battle of Talladega during the Creek Wars and was killed in the night attack on the British below New Orleans on
December 23, 1814. The counties of Lauderdale in Alabama and Tennessee also were named for him. Marion undoubtedly
was named for General Francis Marion, for whom Marion County had been named in 1811. Marion Station derived its name
from the town of Marion.
Its early county seat was located at Marion until 1866; at Marion Station from 1866 to 1870; it was then removed to Meridian, the present county seat. In addition to the old county seat of Marion, the towns of Alamutcha and Daleville, and the villages of Sageville and Chunkeyville, were settled at a very early date in the history of the county. All four towns are now extinct.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 715 square miles (1,853 km2), of which, 704
square miles (1,822 km2) of it is land and 12 square miles (30 km2) of it (1.65%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: