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Virginia CountiesThe Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into 95 counties and 39 independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.
Bedford County, Virginia
Bedford County History, Geography, and Demographics
Etymology - Origin of County Name
Bedford is probably named for John Russell, 4th Duke of Bedford, who handled Great Britain's colonial affairs as Secretary of State for the Southern Department from 1748 to 1751.
County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts
Bedford County, Virginia formed from Albemarle and Lunenburg Counties. Legislative enactment in 1753. Organized in 1754. [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]
Bedford County was probably named for John Russell, fourth duke of Bedford, who, as secretary for state for the
southern department from 1748 to 1751, had general supervision of colonial affairs. It was formed from Lunenberg
County in December 13, 1753. Parts of Albemarle County were added in 1754, and an additional part of Lunenberg
County was added later. In 1782, Campbell County was formed for parts of Bedford County. Also in 1786, Franklin
County was formed from Bedford County. Its area is 746 square miles, and the county seat is Bedford. According to
the 2000 census, its population is 60,371.
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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!"