The Marion-Linn Chapter was organized April 28th, 1928, in Marion, Iowa. Marion was selected in 1839 to
be the first county seat of the newly-organized
Linn County, Iowa. After years of
debate over moving the county seat to Cedar
Rapids, Iowa, it was put to a vote in 1919 and in a narrow margin, the county seat was voted in to be moved.
The Marion-Linn Chapter was named in honor of two famous men: General Francis
Marion, a Revolutionary War hero, "The Swamp Fox" and Dr. Louis
Linn, a pioneer doctor who was elected to the Territorial
Legislature and to the United States Senate.
|Francis Marion (1732-1795)
South Carolina Senator
Francis Marion, hero of the
American Revolution, was born in 1732 at Goatfield Plantation in St.
John's Parish of Berkeley County, South Carolina, the youngest of
six children. His French Huguenot parents, Gabriel and Esther
Cordes Marion, moved to a plantation in Prince George, a parish on
Winyah Bay near Georgetown, when Francis was about five.
great mysterious swamp lay at the edge of the Marion
property which provided hours of exploration by the Marion children.
In adulthood, Francis, like
the other Marion children, owned a plantation on the Santee
River. Francis's home was called Pond Bluff.
served in two campaigns against the American Indians. In 1761 he
distinguished himself as a lieutenant of militia by defeating some
ambushed Cherokees. Marion returned to St. John's and entered
politics, championing the American colonies in their quarrel with
England. In 1775, Marion was elected to the South Carolina
Provincial Congress as a representative. This Congress
authorized the formation of two regiments, Marion was captain of the
Second Regiment. In 1780 as a lieutenant colonel in the
Continental service, Marion led an attack on Savannah. In May
of 1780 Gen. Benjamin Lincoln surrendered Charleston to the
In 1780, the British
captured Charleston and the American troops got out of South
Carolina. Marion, however, stayed and organized a small force of
men. The group was poorly equipped. They were living off
of the land. He surprised British troops by capturing small groups
of soldiers, sabotaged communication links, and rescued American
prisoners. After these attacks he retreated into the swamps.
The British were not familiar with swamps. Colonel Banastre Tarleton
gave him the nickname "Swamp Fox" because he would retreat into
swamps. Towards the end of the war Marion and General
Nathaniel Greene joined forces. In 1781 they both fought the
Battle of Eutaw Springs and forced the British to retreat to North
In 1781, he
was elected to the South Carolina Senate and in 1782 and 1784 he was
reelected. In appreciation for his service during the war, the
state appointed him to Commander of Fort Johnson in
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