Morgan county is located in southeastern Ohio and uses McConnelsville as its county seat. The county population on July 1, 1999, was 14,525, an increase of 331 over the 1990 census.
The county, formed in 1817, is named for Gen. Daniel Morgan, a hero in the Revolutionary War. He is most noted for his battles with the British at Saratoga the 1781 Battle of Cowpens in South Carolina and helping to squash the 1798 Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania.
Morgan county was established with lands taken from Guernsey, Washington and Muskingum counties. In 1845 Marion & Homer townships of Athens county and part of Roxbury township of Washington county were added. In 1851 Brookfield, Noble, Olive, Jackson (formerly Olive Green), and Manchester townships were used to form part of Noble county.
Notable features of the county include about three-quarters of Burr Oak Lake in the southwest corner of the county and the Muskingum River which enters the county's north side and flows southeasterly.