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Hempstead County, Arkansas
Hempstead County, Arkansas Territory was organized in 1819 under provisions of an act of the legislature of the Missouri Territory that had been approved on Dec. 15, 1818. The original county covered nearly all of the southwest corner of the state. It was named for Edward Hempstead, first delegate to congress from the Missouri Territory. Other counties formed from Hempstead were: Miller, 1820 and 1874; Lafayette, 1827, Sevier, 1828; Union, 1829; Pike, 1833; Ouachita, 1842; Polk, 1844; Columbia, 1852; Little River, 1867; Nevada, 1872; Howard, 1873.
Some significant dates:
- 1826 - John Johnson opened first store in Washington
- 1839 - William Etter of PA came to Washington; first edition of Arkansas Telegraph printed Feb. 12, 1840
- 1884 - Hope Gazette started by J. H. Betts; published from 1890 by J. L. Tullis
- 1890 - Spirit of Hope published by J. M. Butler
A more precise history of the county can be found in The Goodspeed Biographical and Historical Memories of Southern Arkansas, Goodspeed Publishing Co., Chicago, Nashville and St. Louis, 1890
This County in in need of a County Coordinator for the Original Arkansas Project. If you would like to contribute your information to this page or would like to put a page(s) up of This County , please let me know. If you live in or have ties to the state of Arkansas and would like to host an Arkansas County,
contact Bill Couch.