Henderson County is located in West Tennessee, one of the state’s Three Grand Divisions. It is bordered on the north by Carroll County, on the west by Madison County, on the south by Hardin County and McNairy County, and on the east by the Decatur County. Henderson County was legislated into existence in 1821 and organized in 1822. In 1845 a southeast corner strip was given for the creation of Decatur County. In the 1870s, a small tract in the northwest corner was given to Carroll County. In 1882 a large piece of the southwest corner went to Chester County. A small tract in the western border was given to Madison County in the 1880s.
Henderson County was named for Colonel James Henderson, who commanded Tennessee troops at the Battle of New Orleans. He also was on General Jackson’s staff during both the Creek and Natchez campaigns. The site chosen for the county seat was near the county’s center, close to Wilson Spring Branch, and was named Lexington in honor of Lexington, Massachusetts, where the first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought.
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