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Lawrence County

Lawrence County was formed on March 20, 1849, from portions of Beaver and Mercer Counties. Named for the USS Lawrence, Oliver Hazard Perry’s original flagship at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, the county seat is New Castle.    Two centuries earlier, Lawrence County was home to the Kuskuskie Indians, the seat of the Ohio Valley Regency of the six Nations of Central New York, known as the Iroquois.  Most of the Native Americans, however, left the area by 1798 when John Carlisle Stewart claimed the land lying between the Shenango and Neshannock Rivers–present-day New Castle.

It was a long struggle to get the Lawrence County authorized by the Pennsylvania General Assembly.  Many opponents gave various reasons for being opposed, but truly their main motives were political in nature.  Finally, on March 20, 1849 Governor William F. Johnson signed the Act approving the formation of Lawrence County.  Remembering the slogan of the advocate of the new County, “Don’t give up the ship,” the new County was named in honor of Captain James Lawrence, hero of the Battle of Boston Bay in 1813.

Pennsylvania lawyers practicing law in Lawrence County specialize in various niches of the law, including areas like bankruptcy law, employment law, personal injury law, immigration, family law, medical malpractice law, workers compensation law, and even criminal law.  Criminal law involves, logically enough, crimes committed by one party against another and are broken up into two subsets:  felonies and misdemeanors.  Felonies are larger offenses that typically result in harsher punishments.  Misdemeanors are smaller offenses that yield sentences that are not quite as harsh.  It is recommended that defendants retain one of the many experienced Pennsylvania lawyers practicing criminal law to represent them no matter which type of crime they have been accused of committing.

One common area of law for which Pennsylvania companies in Lawrence County often need the assistance of a good Pennsylvania lawyer is that of immigration law.  Many view the United States of America as the “Great Melting Pot”; the land of opportunity where dreams can come true for those willing to work hard.  For centuries, citizens of other nations have been migrating here hoping to get their own slice of the American pie.  Originally, just about anyone who wanted was free to move here, but as the nation’s population has exploded, immigration law has had to evolve to try and curb that rising tide in order to maintain the nation’s resources for its own legal citizens.  In Pennsylvania, lawyers can assist citizens of other countries in their quest to enter the United States, whether temporarily or permanently.

In the U.S., federal immigration law governs whether or not people are considered aliens and the rights, duties, and obligations associated with being an alien in this country.  It also dictates which aliens gain residence or citizenship within the United States.  Of course, most aliens coming to the U.S. on a long-term basis are hoping to become legally naturalized citizens with full rights of citizenship, something many Pennsylvania lawyers have experience handling.  At all levels, immigration law provides a gate-keeping service for the nation’s border, determining which aliens may enter the country, how long they can stay, and when they must leave.

Pennsylvania law provides for four types of incorporated municipalities:  cities, boroughs, townships, and, rarer cases, towns.  Below are listed the cities, boroughs and townships located in Lawrence County:



  • Bessemer
  • Ellport
  • Ellwood City
  • Enon Valley
  • New Beaver
  • New Wilmington
  • S.N.P.J.
  • South New Castle
  • Volant
  • Wampum


  • Hickory Township
  • Little Beaver Township
  • Mahoning Township
  • Neshannock Township
  • North Beaver Township
  • Perry Township
  • Plain Grove Township
  • Pulaski Township
  • Scott Township
  • Shenango Township
  • Slippery Rock Township
  • Taylor Township
  • Union Township
  • Washington Township
  • Wayne Township
  • Wilmington Township

Census-designated places

Census-designated places are not actual jurisdictions under Pennsylvania law, but are compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau in order to compile demographic data.  Other unincorporated communities, such as villages, are sometimes categorized here as well.

Other Communities

Various unincorporated communities that lie within and are part of official municipalities.

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