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Rhea County, Tennessee
Rhea County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Named in honor of John Rhea (1753-1832), Revolutionary War soldier, member of North Carolina and Tennessee state houses, member of US Congress, US commissioner to treat with the Choctaws.
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History of Rhea County
Created 1807 from Roane County; named in honor of John Rhea (1753-1832), Revolutionary War soldier, member of North Carolina and Tennessee state houses, member of US Congress, US commissioner to treat with the Choctaws.
Rhea County was formed in 1807 from Roane County
There were fires at the Rhea County courthouse in 1869 and 1927.
Formed by the general assembly on December 3, 1807, Rhea County came out of a portion of Roane County. The new
county was situated in a valley between the Tennessee River and the Cumberland Plateau. Though enlarged in 1817,
parts of the county were lost in the formation of Hamilton County in 1817 and Meigs County in 1836.
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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 336 square miles (871 kmē), of which, 316
square miles (818 kmē) of it is land and 20 square miles (53 kmē) of it (6.08%) is water.
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