Marion is a city in Grant County, Indiana, United States. The population was 29,948 as of the 2010 United States Census. The city is the county seat of Grant County. It is named for Francis Marion, a Brigadier General from South Carolina in the American Revolutionary War. The city is the home of Indiana Wesleyan University, the largest evangelical Christian university in the Midwest and largest private university in Indiana, when online and regional campuses in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Illinois are included. The traditional campus enrolls approximately 2800 students. Since 2016, Jess Alumbaugh has been Marion’s mayor. Marion is the birthplace of actor James Dean and cartoonist Jim Davis.
It was the location of the wedding of actress Julia Roberts and singer Lyle Lovett in 1993.In August 1930, the spectacle lynching of two African-American men, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, was committed by a mob of 5,000 whites at the courthouse square. These were the last two lynchings in Indiana. A third youth, James Cameron was threatened with hanging, but was spared at that time. Marion is located along the Mississinewa River. According to the 2010 census, Marion has a total area of 15.794 square miles (40.91 km2), of which 15.71 square miles (40.69 km2) (or 99.47%) is land and 0.084 square miles (0.22 km2) (or 0.53%) is water.
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