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Marion County: A Short History Lesson

The Marion County Courthouse in Ocala

Marion County was created in 1844 from portions of Alachua, Orange and Hillsborough counties.

In addition, until 1853, Marion County included most of what is now Lake and Sumter counties.

Marion County is named after General Francis Marion of South Carolina, who was a guerilla fighter and hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Early in the war, General Marion led a band of 20 to 70 men which, at the time, was the only defense against the British in the entire state of South Carolina.

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