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Stoddard County is a county located in the southeastern portion of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 29,968. The county seat is Bloomfield. The county was officially organized on January 2, 1835, and is named for Amos Stoddard, the first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana
Named for Amos Stoddard, first American Civil Commandant of Upper Louisiana.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
The general assembly passed an act in 1829 defining the boundaries of a new county to be erected out of parts of Wayne and New Madrid Counties. It was to be named in honor of Captain Amos Stoddard (1762-1813), agent of the United States government who received the transfer of the Louisian Territory from France. (March 10, 1804) At this time the county was attached to Cape Girardeau County, and the court of that county divided the territory into two townships. That part of the territory west of Castor River was called Pike Township, and the part northwest of Castor River was called Castor Township. It remained under the jurisdiction of Cape Girardeau County until 1835, when the legislature passed an act to organize the county government. The territory of the new county lay between the St. Francois and Little Rivers, and to the south of Mingo and Big Swamps. (Douglass I 304, M.H.R. 13:68, DICT. of AM. BIOG.)
Source: Hamlett, Mayme L. "Place Names Of Six Southeast Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1938.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 829 square miles (2,150 km2), of which 823 square miles (2,130 km2) is
land and 5.8 square miles (15 km2) (0.7%) is water
Bordering counties are as follows:
Advance R-IV School District - Advance
Bell City R-II School District - Bell City
Bernie R-XIII School District - Bernie
Bloomfield R-XIV School District - Bloomfield
Dexter R-XI School District - Dexter
Puxico R-VIII School District - Puxico
Richland R-I School District - Essex