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Best known as the home of President Warren G. Harding and his Front Porch Campaign of 1920, Marion was also home to many other national leaders. As early as 1839, Judge Ozias Bowen made the landmark decision to free an escaped slave, almost sparking a civil war. Marion was also home to these prominent and influential women: First Lady Florence Kling Harding; Miss America of 1938, Marilyn Meseke Rogers; and 40th Treasurer of the United States, Mary Ellen Withrow. Marion has contributed to the progress of the United States in industry, nation building, and politics unlike any other community its size. Named in honor of General Francis Marion, the town of Marion was established in 1822 and soon after became the county seat. Located at the center of the agriculture-based county, it became a main stopover for supplies and social events, encouraging bustling commerce and industry. Edward Huber designed revolutionary harvesting equipment and supplied capital for the Marion Power Shovel company, whose power shovels dug the Panama Canal and whose creepers move NASA's rockets. Today, Marion's contributions are appreciated in many facets of American life.
ISBN: 9780738533247
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Ohio
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
With the assistance of the Marion County Historical Society and individual collectors, Stuart J. Koblentz has assembled a unique look back at Marion and its community. Raised in Marion, Koblentz is a member of the Marion Historical Society's Publications Committee and the Marion Area Genealogy Society.
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