Place:Martin, Florida, United States

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NameMartin
Alt namesMartinsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates27.083°N 80.417°W
Located inFlorida, United States     (1925 - )
See alsoPalm Beach, Florida, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
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Martin County is a county located in the Treasure Coast region in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, the population was 126,731. The U.S. Census Bureau 2008 estimate for the county is 138,660. Its county seat is Stuart, Florida.

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History

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Martin County was created in 1925 with the northern portion coming from St. Lucie County and southern portion coming from Palm Beach County. It was named for John W. Martin, Governor of Florida from 1925 to 1929.

When the county was created, the western contour followed the shore of Lake Okeechobee, as did the borders of Glades, Okeechobee, and Hendry counties. Palm Beach County had historically claimed all of the surface of the lake as part of its area, to its benefit for the distribution of state and federal highway funds. The state representative of Martin County, William Ralph Scott of Stuart, initiated a bill to divide the lake among its adjacent counties, creating a more equitable distribution of state funds for road creation and maintenance. All bordering counties confirmed the justice of this change and supported its ratification, with the exception of Palm Beach County. Representatives from Palm Beach County later presented Representative William Scott with a jug of water, signifying "all the water Bill Scott left Palm Beach County." The jug is in the possession of Stuart Heritage.

The unusual feature of the point of the meeting of five counties in the largest freshwater body of water in the South may be the only one of its kind. It has been popularly called the "William Scott Vertex," and may be unique in world cartography.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1925 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1925 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1925 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1925 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1925 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1930 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1930 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
1930 5,111
1940 6,295
1950 7,807
1960 16,932
1970 28,035
1980 64,014
1990 100,900

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External links

www.martin.fl.us/


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