Washington Parish, Louisiana

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Washington Parish (French: Paroisse de Washington) is a parish located in the U.S. state of Louisiana. Its parish seat is Franklinton. In 2000, its population was 43,926.

Washington Parish is part of the Bogalusa Micropolitan Statistical Area as well as the New OrleansMetairie–Bogalusa Combined Statistical Area.



Washington Parish was formed in 1819 by splitting off from St. Tammany Parish. Franklinton became the parish seat on February 10, 1821. Washington Parish is the most northeasterly of what are called the Florida Parishes, for it was prior to 1821 a legal part of Spanish West Florida.

There are two articles about the history of Washington Parish:

There is also a book which is online, "Bogalusa Story" by C. W. Goodyear.

Law and government

The Washington Parish Government is a Home Rule Charter or “President-Council” form of Government. Its current President is Richard N. Thomas, Jr.

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