County Profile: Barton

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Barton County, founded on December 12, 1855, was named for U.S. Senator David Barton. However, the county is most prominently known as the birthplace and boyhood home of the 33rd President of the United States, Harry S. Truman.


Senator David Barton

Barton County Notables

Founded:  December 12, 1855

County Seat: Lamar

Largest City: Lamar (4,514)

Population: 12,402

Size: 597 sq mi (1,546 km2)

Institutions: None

Famous Persons:

  • President Harry S. Truman
Barton County Courthouse (Lamar)



President Harry S. Truman, born in Lamar in 1884


The Harry S. Truman birthplace is now a National Historic Site in Lamar.


A view of downtown Lamar, Missouri

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