Place:Levy, Florida, United States

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NameLevy
Alt namesLevysource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates29.283°N 82.733°W
Located inFlorida, United States     (1845 - )
See alsoAlachua, Florida, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Levy County is a county located in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2010, the population was 40,801. Its county seat is Bronson. Levy is pronounced LEE vee, instead of the traditionally used LEV vee.

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History

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Levy County was created in 1845, after the Seminole Wars. It was named for David Levy, a planter elected in 1841 as the state's territorial delegate to the US House of Representatives, where he served two terms. When Florida was admitted as a state, Levy was elected by the new state legislature as one of Florida's first two U.S. senators; he served from 1845 to 1851, and again from 1855 to 1861. He was the first Jewish American elected to the United States Senate.

Levy provided for long-term development in the state by constructing the first railroad across Florida, the Florida Railroad, linking the deep-water ports of Fernandina (Port of Fernandina) on the Atlantic Ocean and Cedar Key on the Gulf of Mexico. He developed a network of feeder railroads through central Florida as well. For his efforts, he was called "the father of Florida railroads."

The Rosewood Massacre occurred in Levy County in the first week of January 1923. It was a race riot in which whites from the nearby town of Sumner, reacting to the alleged rape of a white woman by a black man, burned the predominantly black town of Rosewood to the ground and killed several blacks. A film based on the incident was made in 1997, but was not filmed in Levy County.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1845 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1847 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1854 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1880 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1850 465
1860 1,781
1870 2,018
1880 5,767
1890 6,586
1900 8,603
1910 10,361
1920 9,921
1930 12,456
1940 12,550
1950 10,637
1960 10,364
1970 12,756
1980 19,870
1990 25,923

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External links

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