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Webster Parish, Louisiana

US county information
NameWebster Parish
StateLouisiana
SeatMinden
Largest cityMinden
US Area
Total Area615 sq mi (1592.9 km2)
Land Area595 sq mi (1541.1 km2)
Water Area20 sq mi (51.8 km2)
Population41831 (2000)
Density27/km2 (70/sq mi)
Named forU.S. Senator and Secretary of State Daniel Webster
Time zoneCentral
Time zoneCentral: UTC-6/-5: -6/-5

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Webster Parish (French: Paroisse de Webster) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The seat of the parish is Minden. In 2010, its population was 41,207.

Among the first settlers in the parish was Newett Drew, a native of Virginia, who about 1818 established a grist mill at the former Overton community near Minden. His son, Richard Maxwell Drew was born in Overton and served as a district judge state representative prior to his death in 1850 at the age of twenty-eight. R. M. Drew's descendants held judicial or legislative positions in Webster Parish as well, Richard Cleveland Drew, Harmon Caldwell Drew, R. Harmon Drew, Sr., and Harmon Drew, Jr.

The parish is named for 19th-century American statesman Daniel Webster of Massachusetts and New Hampshire. It was created on February 27, 1871 from lands formerly belonging to Bienville, Bossier, and Claiborne parishes.

Webster Parish is part of the Minden Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Shreveport - Bossier City - Minden Combined Statistical Area.


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