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Henderson County, Kentucky

US county information
NameHenderson County
StateKentucky
SeatHenderson
US Area
Total Area467.24 sq mi (1210.2 km2)
Land Area440.12 sq mi (1139.9 km2)
Water Area27.11 sq mi (70.2 km2)
Population44829 (2000)
Density39.4/km2 (102/sq mi)
Named forRichard Henderson (1734 1785), founder of the Transylvania Company.
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Henderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. It was formed in 1799. As the latest census data update of 2010, the population was counted 46,250. The county seat is the City of Henderson. The county was named for Colonel Richard Henderson who originally purchased 17,000,000 acres (69,000 km2) of land from the Cherokee Indians, only to have the purchase voided by the Virginia legislature. Then, in 1778, the Richard Henderson Company was granted 200,000 acres (800 km2) in recognition of the $50,000 paid by the company to the Cherokee Indians in the Treaty of Watauga. Land in that grant is included in the present boundary of Henderson County.

Henderson County is part of the Evansville-Henderson, IN-KY Metropolitan Statistical Area.

The Kentucky clergyman and university president LaVerne Butler was born in Henderson County in 1926.


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