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Before Hernando De Soto, in 1541, arrived to the site where todays Marianna is located the area had been home to Native Americans for ages. And after the Spanish had been there the French explorers Marquette and Jolliet also traveled in the area of Marianna.
Marianna's first residents were pioneers, that had come from the Mississippi, up the St Francis and settled when they realized the natural resources of the area and how good it was located. The initial property of Marianna was provided by John Harland who named the town after his daughter. The town was founded in 1870.
Marianna is famous for being the resting place of a John Patterson, the first white child to be born in the state of Arkansas.
Marianna today has a population of about 5,900 people.

City Officials

Position Name
Mayor Ora Barnes Stevens
Clerk/Treasurer Kim Miles
District Judge Jason Carter
City Attorney Vandell Bland
Police Chief Rodney Perry
Fire Chief Terry Sandefer
Sanitation Superintendent Daniel Lawson
Street Superintendent Daniel Lawson
Code Enforcement Officer Doug Kennedy
Council Member (Vacant)
Council Member Danny Blount
Council Member Johnny Evans
Council Member O.L. Hightower
Council Member Millie Hill
Council Member Daphane Lathrop
Council Member Leigh Lewis
Council Member Nick Long

City Facts

County: Lee

Population: 3,575

Senate District: 24

House District: 48

Congressional District: 1

Classification: First Class City

Contact Information

35 S. Poplar St.

Phone: (870) 295-3813

Fax: (870) 295-5726

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