Marion County was created in 1844 from portions of Alachua, Mosquito (Orange), and Hillsborough counties. Until
1853, Marion County included most of what is now Lake and Sumter counties. The county is named after General Francis
Marion of South Carolina, a guerilla fighter and hero of the American Revolutionary War. Many of the early settlers
of Marion County were from South Carolina.
The county motto is "Kingdom of the Sun."
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