Morgan County, Missouri

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Morgan County, Missouri
Map of Missouri highlighting Morgan County
Location in the state of Missouri
Map of the United States highlighting Missouri
Missouri's location in the U.S.
Founded January 5, 1833
Named for Daniel Morgan
Seat Versailles
Largest city Versailles
Area
 • Total 613.89 sq mi (1,590 km2)
 • Land 597.41 sq mi (1,547 km2)
 • Water 16.48 sq mi (43 km2), 2.68%
Population
 • (2010) 20,565
 • Density 32/sq mi (12/km²)
Congressional district 4th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.morgan-county.org

Morgan County is a county located in the central portion of the U.S. state of Missouri. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,565.[1] Its county seat is Versailles.[2] The county was organized January 5, 1833 and named for General Daniel Morgan of the American Revolutionary War.

History[edit]

Morgan County was organized in 1833 upon separation from Cooper County. It is named in honor of Revolutionary War General Daniel Morgan. Some parts of Morgan County touch the Lake of the Ozarks.

Its varied history includes the Mulhollen Station, through which mail traveled with the Butterfield Stage Line in 1858. Established in 1853, the Martin Hotel was visited by P. T. Barnum and Jesse James. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, the Martin Hotel operates as a museum. The Morgan County Courthouse, established in Versailles, burned in 1887; however, the majority of the records were rescued, and the courthouse was soon rebuilt.

Coal mining was historically an important economic activity in Morgan County.[3]

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 U.S. Census, the county has a total area of 613.89 square miles (1,590.0 km2), of which 597.41 square miles (1,547.3 km2) (or 97.32%) is land and 16.48 square miles (42.7 km2) (or 2.68%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,407
1850 4,650 5.5%
1860 8,202 76.4%
1870 8,434 2.8%
1880 10,132 20.1%
1890 12,311 21.5%
1900 12,175 −1.1%
1910 12,863 5.7%
1920 12,015 −6.6%
1930 10,968 −8.7%
1940 11,140 1.6%
1950 10,270 −7.8%
1960 9,476 −7.7%
1970 10,068 6.2%
1980 13,807 37.1%
1990 15,574 12.8%
2000 20,820 33.7%
2010 20,565 −1.2%
Est. 2012 20,117 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[6] of 2007, there were 20,820 people, over 7,850 households, and over 5,549 families residing in the county. The population density was 32 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 13,898 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.34% White, 0.51% Black or African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.16% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Approximately 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,850 households out of which 26.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.30% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 27.30% from 45 to 64, and 19.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 97.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,659, and the median income for a family was $35,908. Males had a median income of $26,579 versus $19,072 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,950. About 12.10% of families and 16.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.60% of those under age 18 and 9.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[edit]

Education[edit]

Public Schools[edit]

Private Schools[edit]

Politics[edit]

Local[edit]

The Republican Party controls politics at the local level in Morgan County. Republicans hold all but five of the elected positions in the county.

Morgan County, Missouri
Elected countywide officials
Assessor Bob Raines Republican
Circuit Clerk Cheryl L. Morris Republican
County Clerk Cathy Daniels Democratic
Collector Kathy Francis Democratic
Commissioner
(Presiding)
James D. Fisher Republican
Commissioner
(District 1)
Dan Murdock Republican
Commissioner
(District 2)
Wayne Kroeschen, Jr. Republican
Coroner Maynard B. Jones Democratic
Prosecuting Attorney Dustin Dunklee Democratic
Public Administrator Ray Forrest Republican
Recorder Nancy Boles Republican
Sheriff Jim Petty Democratic
Treasurer Louella Pryor Republican

State[edit]

Past Gubernatorial Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 47.58% 4,333 50.18% 4,570 2.24% 204
2004 60.18% 5,273 38.54% 3,377 1.27% 112
2000 53.57% 4,207 43.60% 3,424 2.83% 223
1996 45.08% 3,220 51.99% 3,714 2.93% 209

Morgan County is divided into four legislative districts in the Missouri House of Representatives, all of which are held by Republicans.

Missouri House of Representatives – District 115 – Morgan County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Rodney Schad 1,884 79.73
Independent Randy Dinwiddie 479 20.27
  • District 116 – Wanda Brown (R-Lincoln). Consists of the communities of Laurie, Stover, and Versailles.
Missouri House of Representatives – District 116 – Morgan County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Wanda Brown 2,847 68.98
Democratic Mike Stevenson 1,132 27.43
Constitution Ray Herron 148 3.59
Missouri House of Representatives – District 117 – Morgan County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Caleb Jones 260 73.45
Libertarian Jacob Luetkemeyer 94 26.55
Missouri House of Representatives – District 155 – Morgan County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Diane Franklin 20 60.61
Democratic John W. Page 13 39.39

All of Morgan County is a part of Missouri’s 6th District in the Missouri Senate and is currently represented by Mike Kehoe (R-Jefferson City).

Missouri Senate - District 6 – Morgan County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Kehoe 5,848 100.00

Federal[edit]

All of Morgan County is included in Missouri’s 4th Congressional District and is currently represented by Vicky Hartzler (R-Harrisonville) in the U.S. House of Representatives.

U.S. House of Representatives – Missouri’s 4th Congressional District – Morgan County (2010)
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Vicky Hartzler 3,436 48.70
Democratic Ike Skelton 3,265 46.27
Libertarian Jason Michael Braun 227 3.22
Constitution Greg Cowan 128 1.81

Political Culture[edit]

Past Presidential Elections Results
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2008 59.58% 5,451 38.97% 3,565 1.45% 133
2004 64.50% 5,657 34.81% 3,053 0.69% 61
2000 56.59% 4,460 41.05% 3,235 2.36% 186
1996 42.89% 3,059 42.14% 3,006 14.97% 1,068

Missouri Presidential Preference Primary (2008)[edit]

Morgan County, Missouri
2008 Republican primary in Missouri
John McCain 857 (34.29%)
Mike Huckabee 896 (35.85%)
Mitt Romney 615 (24.61%)
Ron Paul 76 (3.04%)
Morgan County, Missouri
2008 Democratic primary in Missouri
Hillary Rodham Clinton 1,434 (62.05%)
Barack Obama 776 (33.58%)
John Edwards (withdrawn) 78 (3.38%)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Williams, Walter (1904). The State of Missouri. p. 456. 
  4. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

Further reading[edit]

  • History of Cole, Moniteau, Morgan, Benton, Miller, Maries and Osage counties, Missouri : from the earliest time to the present, including a department devoted to the preservation of sundry personal, business,professional and the private records; besides a valuable fund of notes, original observations, etc. etc. (1889) online

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Coordinates: 38°26′N 92°53′W / 38.43°N 92.89°W / 38.43; -92.89