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Burleson County, Texas

US county information
NameBurleson County
US Area
Total Area678 sq mi (1756 km2)
Water Area12 sq mi (31.1 km2)
Population16470 (2000)
Density10/km2 (25.9/sq mi)

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Burleson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. It is part of the Bryan-College Station metropolitan area. As of 2000, the population was 16,470. Its county seat is Caldwell . Burleson is named for Edward Burleson, a general and statesman of the Texas Revolution.

From 1975 to 1995, the Burleson county judge, who presides over the commissioner's court, were the son and father team of Mark Steglich Caperton (born 1946), a Caldwell attorney, and Woods Allen Caperton (1920-2009). Mark Caperton was the judge from 1975 to 1983 and was succeeded by his father, a former agent of the United States Soil Conservation Service. Woods Caperton also served seventeen years as a member of the Caldwell Independent School District and was a member too of the Burleson County Hospital District. During his time on each board, a new high school and hospital were begun. Woods Caperton was also chairman of the Brazos Valley Development Council and the Brazos Valley Mental Health Mental Retardation Center. He founded the Caldwell Cub Scouts and was instrumental in the development of the Caldwell Little League. Another son, Kent Caperton, served from 1981 to 1991 as the District 5 state senator. Kent Caperton, formerly of Bryan, is a lobbyist and lawyer in Austin.

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