Scott County, Tennessee

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Scott County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It was created in 1849 from Anderson, Campbell, Fentress, and Morgan Counties and named for General Winfield Scott.[1] As of 2000, the population was 21,127. Its county seat is Huntsville.[2]




Scott County, as the result of a successful secessionist movement during the Civil War —which was spurred on by Senator Andrew Johnson —officially passed a proclamation seceding from Tennessee (and the Confederacy), forming the Free and Independent State of Scott (founded 1861), which remained loyal to the Union.[3]

In 1986 it was discovered that this law was still on the books. The proclamation was repealed by the county, and Scott County petitioned the state of Tennessee for readmission, which was ceremonially granted.[4]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 533 square miles (1,381 km²), of which 532 square miles (1,378 km²) is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) (0.21%) is water.

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