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Howard County is a county located in the state of Missouri, with its southern border made by the Missouri River. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 10,144. Its county seat is Fayette. The county was organized January 23, 1816 and named for Benjamin Howard, the first Governor of the Missouri Territory.
Named for Benjamin Howard, governor of the Missouri Territory.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Howard County was organized on January 23, 1816, and named in honor of Benjamin Howard, the governor of Upper Louisiana, which became Missouri territory June 4, 1812. Because thirty-one counties were later carved out of the original Howard County, she has borne the name "Mother of Counties." (Parker, p. 266; Gannett, p. 162; Barns, p. 177)
Source: Pace, Nadine. "Place Names In The Central Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1928.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 472 square miles (1,220 km2), of which 464 square miles (1,200 km2) is
land and 7.7 square miles (20 km2) (1.6%) is water
Bordering counties are as follows:
Fayette R-III School District - Fayette
Glasgow School District - Glasgow
New Franklin R-I School District - New Franklin
St. Mary' Catholic School - Glasgow (K-08) - Roman Catholic
Grace & Glory Christian Academy - New Franklin (K-12) - Baptist
Central Methodist University - Fayette - A private, four-year Methodist university.