Created at statehood from Pickens County in the Chickasaw Nation, Indian Territory, this smallest county in the state was settled by the Chickasaws beginning in 1837 with the removal from their Eastern homes. A member of the Constitutional Convention, George A. Henshaw of Madill, succeeded in giving the county his mother's maiden name, Marshall. The county seat, Madill, is named for George A. Madill of St. Louis, an attorney for the railroad. Oil has played a colorful part in the county's history. Leases along the Red River led to the Supreme Court's final decision in the boundary dispute with Texas. Principal industries in the county are: Oklahoma Steel and Wire, W.W. Trailer, Clint Williams - Texoma Peanut Co., Madill Manufacturing, S & H Trailer, J & I Manufacturing and Contract Manufacturing. Also important are oil, agriculture, livestock and tourism. The Denison Dam, completed in 1944, created lake Texoma with 91,200 acres of water. This lake attracts some 500,000 visitors annually and has made tourism a major industry in the county. Native son Raymond D. Gary, of Madill, brought the spotlight of attention to the county when be became the 15th Governor of Oklahoma during the years 1955-59. Location: Marshall County borders the Texas state line in southern Oklahoma. Climate: The average precipitation is 45.8 inches yearly in this area. January's average temperature is 42.4 degrees Fahrenheit and July's average is 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit. County Seat: Madill Distances: Madill to: Ardmore - 25 miles Oklahoma City - 121 miles Land Area: 427 square miles that includes a state park and major lake

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The Political Graveyard: Marshall County, Oklahoma
Database provides political history, cemetery locations, and brief biographies of politicians who were born or lived in the county.
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