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Henderson County, Texas

US county information
NameHenderson County
US Area
Total Area949 sq mi (2457.9 km2)
Land Area874 sq mi (2263.7 km2)
Water Area75 sq mi (194.3 km2)
Population73277 (2000)
Density32/km2 (82.9/sq mi)

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Henderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 73,277. It is named in honor of James Pinckney Henderson, the first Attorney General of the Republic of Texas, and later Secretary of State for the republic. The seat of the county is Athens.

Henderson County was established in 1846, the year after Texas statehood. The current county boundaries were set in 1850, with some reduction from the previous size. The restructuring resulted in the need for a new county seat. In an election, Athens was chosen as the site for the "courthouse under the oaks."

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