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Is situated in the southwestern part of the State, separated from the Kansas line by Jasper and Newton, and from Arkansas by Barry county.
The face of the country is undulating, and in some sections broken, with prairie and timber well diversified. 
It is well watered by streams which have their sources at large springs, and are peculiarly clear and flow over gravel and rocky beds.
The valleys are fertile, well timbered, and susceptible of the highest degree of cultivation, while the high prairies, with their broad acres of grass,
are unsurpassed for grazing.  The mildness of the climate, and bountiful supply of living water, render this a desirable portion of the
State for stock growing and fruit culture-especially the grape. The natural advantages of the county are great, but like many other counties in the State, there is here a deplorable lack of energy manifest among the leading men; consequently the various industrial pursuits are not represented in a manner corresponding with the advantageous location and natural resources.
Lead and iron ore abound in the county.  There is also good water power for manufactories.  Population in 1860, 9,062.
(Source: P.M. Pinckard, The Missouri handbook, St. Louis, 1865, 162 pgs. Transcribed by Donna Walton)

Established: Feb. 14, 1845
Parent County: Barry and Dade
County Seat: Mt. Vernon
Named After: James Lawrence, naval hero of the War of 1812.
The previous Lawrence County, est. in 1815 and dissolved in 1818,
being divided into Wayne County, Madison County, and later into others, including this one.

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