Tennessee CountiesThere are 95 counties in the State of Tennessee.
Dickson County, Tennessee
Dickson County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of William Dickson (1770- 1816), Nashville physician, member and speaker of the state house, US congressman, trustee of the University of Nashville.
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History of Dickson County
Created 1803 from Montgomery and Robertson counties; named in honor of William Dickson (1770- 1816), Nashville physician, member and speaker of the state house, US congressman, trustee of the University of Nashville.
Dickson County was formed in 1803 from Montgomery and Robertson counties. (Acts of Tennessee 1803, Chapter 66).
The Tennessee General Assembly formed Dickson County on October 25, 1803, from the counties of Montgomery and
Robertson and named it in honor of Congressman William Dickson, a Nashville physician. An industrial county from its
inception, Dickson County was part of the frontier until 1818. The first court justices included several well-known
Tennesseans: Montgomery Bell, William Doak, William Russell, Sterling Brewer, Gabriel Allen, Lemuel Harvey, Jesse
Craft, Richard C. Napier, and William Teas. They organized the county on March 19, 1804, at the home of Robert
Nesbitt on Barton's Creek. Later sessions of the court met at the homes of Colonel John Nesbitt and John Spencer
until the courthouse was completed in 1810.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 491 square miles (1,272 kmē), of which, 490
square miles (1,269 kmē) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 kmē) of it (0.29%) is water.
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