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There are eighty counties in Mississippi. Two original counties were Adams County and Jefferson County (formerly Pickering) established in 1799

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Humphreys County, Mississippi

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Humphreys County is a county located in the state of Mississippi. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,375. Its county seat is Belzoni. The county is named for Benjamin G. Humphreys. Humphreys County is Mississippi's newest county, having been formed in 1918. Humphreys County is located in the Mississippi Delta region.

Etymology - Origin of Humphreys County Name

Humphreys is named for Benjamin G. Humphreys, Governor of Mississippi. Benjamin Grubb Humphreys (August 26, 1808 - December 20, 1882) was an American politician from Mississippi. He was a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War and served as Governor of Mississippi from 1865 to 1868, during Reconstruction.

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Humphreys County History

This is the youngest of the Mississippi counties, and was created from parts of Holmes, Washington, Sharkey, Yazoo and Sunflower, by act of the legislature approved March 28, 1918. It was named in honor of Benjamin G. Humphreys, a notable general in the army of the Confederacy and the first governor of Mississippi to serve after the War for Southern Independence. Belzoni is the county seat.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 431 square miles (1,117 km2), of which, 418 square miles (1,083 km2) of it is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) of it (3.03%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Sunflower County (north)
  • Leflore County (northeast)
  • Holmes County (east)
  • Yazoo County (south)
  • Sharkey County (southwest)
  • Washington County (west)

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