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Tennessee CountiesThere are 95 counties in the State of Tennessee.
Chester County, Tennessee
Chester County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of Robert I. Chester (1793-1892), quartermaster in the War of 1812, colonel in Texas war for independence, US marshall and state legislator.
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History of Chester County
Created 1879 from Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties; named in honor of Robert I. Chester (1793-1892), quartermaster in the War of 1812, colonel in Texas war for independence, US marshall and state legislator.
Chester County was formed in 1879 from Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties (Public Acts of Tennessee 1879, Chapter 42).
The last county formed in Tennessee was Chester County, created by the Tennessee General Assembly from parts of
neighboring Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy, and Madison Counties. In 1875 this land was used to create a county named
Wisdom County, but Wisdom County was never organized, and in March 1879 the general assembly repealed this act and
created Chester County out of the same land. Litigation brought on behalf of opponents of the new county delayed
formal organization until 1882.
Find more from the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture: CHESTER COUNTY
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 289 square miles (748 kmē), of which, 289
square miles (747 kmē) of it is land and 0 square miles (1 kmē) of it (0.08%) is water.
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"