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Daviess County, Kentucky

US county information
NameDaviess County
StateKentucky
SeatOwensboro
US Area
Total Area476.27 sq mi (1233.5 km2)
Land Area462.39 sq mi (1197.6 km2)
Water Area13.88 sq mi (35.9 km2)
Population Est.93756 (2007)
Density76.4/km2 (198/sq mi)
Named forJoseph Hamilton Daviess (1774 1811), lawyer killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Daviess County (pronounced /'deɪvɨs/, sometimes incorrectly /'deɪviz/), is a county in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It is the 58th county in order of formation; formed from a part of Ohio County on January 14, 1815. The county's borders were altered in 1829 to form Hancock County, in 1830 to absorb a small area surrounding Whitesville, in 1854 to cede land to McLean County, and in 1860 to annex 44 sqmi (114 km2) from Henderson County. Daviess County measures 463 sqmi (1199.2 km2), making it 18th in size in the commonwealth. The population estimate for 2008 is 94,418. It is included in the Owensboro, Kentucky, Metropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat is Owensboro . The county is named for Colonel Joseph Hamilton Daveiss (a recording error in the State Clerk's office accounts for the error in spelling, which was never corrected), the United States Attorney who prosecuted Aaron Burr.


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