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Houston County is a county located in the state of Texas. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,732. Its county seat is Crockett. The county is named for Sam Houston, a president of the Republic of Texas and Governor of Texas
Sam Houston, one of the most important figures in the history of Texas, having won Texas its complete independence at the Battle of San Jacinto, as well as being the second and fourth president of the Republic of Texas and seventh governor of Texas
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Houston County was the first new county created under the 9-year Republic of Texas on June 12, 1837. The original
boundaries of Houston County also included all of present-day Anderson and Trinity Counties, and portions of present-day Henderson and Polk
Counties. Its county seat is Crockett. Houston County is
named for Samuel Houston, one of the most important figures in the history of Texas, president of the Republic of Texas
and Governor of Texas.
Houston County has no relationship with the city of Houston, which is located approximately 150 miles (260 km) to the south, in Harris County.
Handbook of Texas Online
In 1837 the boundaries of Houston County were laid out and its government was organized. It was named for President Sam Houston, who signed the order establishing the county on June 12, 1837. Upon its formation from Nacogdoches County in 1837, Houston County included the territory that later became Trinity and Anderson counties and part of Henderson County. Land was donated for the county seat by Andrew E. Gossett, who named it for his father's friend and former Tennessee neighbor, David Crockett. Collin Aldrich was first chief justice; George Aldrich, county surveyor; James Madden, sheriff; and Stephen White, clerk of the district court. More at
Eliza H. Bishop, "HOUSTON COUNTY," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hch19), accessed January 24, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Modified on November 24, 2015. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,237 square miles (3,203 km2), of which,
1,231 square miles (3,188 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (15 km2) of it (0.48%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows: