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Jennings County, Indiana
History and Genealogy

County Seat: Vernon
Year Organized: 1817

Jennings County Courthouse in Vernon, Indiana

This county bears the name of Jonathan Jennings, the first governor of the State of Indiana (as well as the nine term congressman).


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Near the streams the surface of the county is hilly and broken, and moderately fertile, except in the beech flats, at the head of the streams, where it is only fit for grass. There is an abundance of excellent timber in the county, of which large quantities are exported. There are also good quarries of lime stone, from which the interior of the State is largely supplied.

Vernon, a thriving town in the center of the county, is the seat of justice of Jennings County, but North Vernon, in Center Township, is the largest town, having a population of over two thousand, good public improvements, excellent school facilities, and increasing commercial interests. The county is a good one, farming is profitable, and the farmers are prosperous. It is traversed by three railroads.

Notable Residents
Lincoln Dixon, U.S. Representative from Indiana 1905-1919
Jeptha D. New, U.S. Representative from Indiana  1875-1877, 1879-1881
Hannah Milhous Nixon, mother of President Richard Nixon
Pat O'Connor, polesitter for the 1957 Indianapolis 500 and member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame
Jessamyn West, author
Albert Edward Wiggam, psychologist, lecturer and author
Edgar Whitcomb, 43rd Governor of Indiana
Albert Gumble, ragtime composer
Moses Gumble, ragtime composer

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