Henderson County, Texas

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Henderson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. In 2000, its population was 73,277. It is named in honor of James Pinckney Henderson, the first Attorney General of the Republic of Texas, and later Secretary of State for the republic. The seat of the county is Athens.[1]

Henderson County was established in 1846, the year after Texas statehood. The current county boundaries were set in 1850, with some reduction from the previous size. The restructuring resulted in the need for a new county seat. In an election, Athens was chosen as the site for the "courthouse under the oaks."[2]


County Officials

  • County Judge: David Holstein
  • Commissioner 1: Joe Hall
  • Commissioner 2: Wade McKinney
  • Commissioner 3: Ronny Lawrence
  • Commissioner 4: Jerry West
  • County Clerk: Gwen Moffiet
  • District Clerk: Becky Hanks
  • County Attorney: Clint Davis
  • District Attorney: R. Scott McKee
  • County Auditor: Ann Marie Lee
  • County Treasurer: Michael Bynum
  • County Court at Law Judge: Matt Livingston
  • County Court at Law 2 Judge: Nancy Perryman
  • 3rd District Judge: Mark Calhoon
  • 173rd District Judge: Dan Moore
  • 392nd District Judge: Carter Tarrance
  • JP 1: Henry Ashford
  • Constable 1: Daryl Graham
  • JP 2: Dale Blaylock
  • Constable 2: Norman Terry
  • JP 3: Sue Starnes
  • Constable 3: David Grubbs
  • JP 4: Sue Tarrant
  • Constable 4: Rick Stewart
  • JP 5: Tommy Barnett
  • Constable 5: Brad Miers
  • JP 6: Milton Adams
  • Constable 6: Mike Warren
  • Sheriff: Ray Nutt
  • Tax Assessor/Collector: Milburn Chaney
  • Elections Administrator: Denise Hernandez
  • Emergency Management Coordinator: Joy Kimborough
  • Fire Marshal: Darrell Furrh


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 949 square miles (2,457.9 km2), of which 874 square miles (2,263.6 km2) is land and 75 square miles (194.2 km2) (7.88%) is water.

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