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Franklin County Court House
A white settlement began in the late 1830s along the eastern
edge of what became Franklin County; most of the early settlers came
from the upper southern states, predominantly Tennessee. The Cherokee
Trace passed through the area, and by the late 1840s the central part
of the county was also settled. By 1870 Mount Vernon had a population
of 223. The county was marked off by the legislature in March 1875 and
named for Judge Benjamin C. Franklin, an early Red River County
settler. An election was held on April 30, 1875, to select the county
seat. Mount Vernon won by a large majority, and the matter was never
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