Stewart County, Tennessee

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Stewart County
Stewart County courthouse
Stewart County courthouse
Map of Tennessee highlighting Stewart County
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°30′N 87°50′W / 36.5°N 87.84°W / 36.5; -87.84
Country United States
State Tennessee
Founded1803
Named forDuncan Stewart[1]
SeatDover
Largest cityDover
Area
 • Total493 sq mi (1,280 km2)
 • Land459 sq mi (1,190 km2)
 • Water34 sq mi (90 km2)  6.8%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total13,657 Increase
 • Density29/sq mi (11/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.stewartcogov.com

Stewart County is a county located on the northwestern corner of Middle Tennessee, in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,324.[2] Its county seat is Dover.[3] Stewart County is part of the Clarksville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Stewart County was created by European Americans in 1803 from a portion of Montgomery County, and was named for Duncan Stewart, an early settler and state legislator.[1] The first County Court met in March 1804. According to Goodspeed's history of Stewart County, "Stewart County was settled principally by North Carolinians, the first of whom came some time about 1795, that State having issued military grants to survivors of the Continental war, which called for large tracts of land lying in this county".[4] It was settled during the early migration of pioneers from Virginia to the west after the American Revolutionary War. They pushed Native American peoples, such as the Cherokee, out of the area. (Please supply sources proving that the early pioners were from Virginia.)

During the American Civil War, the Battle of Fort Donelson took place in February 1862. Union forces took control of the state, occupying several strategic areas. In August 1862 their forces partially burned the county seat, Dover, to prevent its re-capture by Confederate Lt. Col. Thomas G. Woodward.[5] A second battle in the area, commonly called the Battle of Dover, took place in February 1863.

Tobaccoport Saltpeter Cave was intensely mined for saltpeter, possibly during the War of 1812 but more likely not until the Civil War. Saltpeter is the main ingredient of gunpowder and was obtained by leaching the earth from the cave. The Union took control of Tennessee and this area in February 1862, early in the Civil War. It seems unlikely that mining could have happened before that.[6]

Geography[edit]

Cumberland Power Plant

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 493 square miles (1,280 km2), of which 459 square miles (1,190 km2) is land and 34 square miles (88 km2) (6.8%) is water.[7] The county lies in a rugged section of the northwestern Highland Rim. The Cumberland River (part of Lake Barkley) traverses the county. The Tennessee River (part of Kentucky Lake) provides the county's border with Henry County to the west.

Federal and state agencies control nearly 44% of the land in the county.[1]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18104,262
18208,39797.0%
18306,968−17.0%
18408,58723.2%
18509,71913.2%
18609,8961.8%
187012,01921.5%
188012,6905.6%
189012,193−3.9%
190015,22424.9%
191014,860−2.4%
192014,664−1.3%
193013,278−9.5%
194013,5492.0%
19509,175−32.3%
19607,851−14.4%
19707,319−6.8%
19808,66518.4%
19909,4799.4%
200012,37030.5%
201013,3247.7%
2018 (est.)13,561[8]1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2014[2]
Age pyramid Stewart County[13]

2020 census[edit]

Stewart County racial composition[14]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 12,321 90.22%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 171 1.25%
Native American 74 0.54%
Asian 76 0.56%
Pacific Islander 2 0.01%
Other/Mixed 677 4.96%
Hispanic or Latino 336 2.46%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,657 people, 5,178 households, and 3,355 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[15] of 2000, there were 12,370 people, 4,930 households, and 3,653 families residing in the county. The population density was 27 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 5,977 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 95.27% White, 1.29% Black or African American, 0.61% Native American, 1.46% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,930 households, out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.30% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.90% were non-families. 23.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.90% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,316, and the median income for a family was $38,655. Males had a median income of $31,106 versus $21,985 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,302. About 10.60% of families and 12.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.90% of those under age 18 and 15.60% of those age 65 or over.


Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Stewart County, Tennessee[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,950 78.62% 1,232 19.57% 114 1.81%
2016 3,864 72.92% 1,222 23.06% 213 4.02%
2012 2,963 57.93% 2,069 40.45% 83 1.62%
2008 2,956 53.68% 2,470 44.85% 81 1.47%
2004 2,675 47.91% 2,860 51.23% 48 0.86%
2000 1,826 38.18% 2,870 60.02% 86 1.80%
1996 1,306 27.79% 2,962 63.02% 432 9.19%
1992 1,046 24.20% 2,779 64.28% 498 11.52%
1988 1,302 39.50% 1,979 60.04% 15 0.46%
1984 1,285 36.82% 2,174 62.29% 31 0.89%
1980 985 29.69% 2,274 68.54% 59 1.78%
1976 510 17.16% 2,442 82.17% 20 0.67%
1972 790 40.83% 1,098 56.74% 47 2.43%
1968 443 17.43% 1,041 40.97% 1,057 41.60%
1964 441 15.29% 2,444 84.71% 0 0.00%
1960 539 22.59% 1,810 75.86% 37 1.55%
1956 560 20.77% 2,120 78.64% 16 0.59%
1952 641 22.71% 2,170 76.87% 12 0.43%
1948 331 13.73% 1,962 81.38% 118 4.89%
1944 335 14.88% 1,916 85.12% 0 0.00%
1940 374 12.11% 2,699 87.40% 15 0.49%
1936 303 14.94% 1,718 84.71% 7 0.35%
1932 184 10.55% 1,548 88.76% 12 0.69%
1928 401 24.21% 1,255 75.79% 0 0.00%
1924 264 15.92% 1,369 82.57% 25 1.51%
1920 849 26.17% 2,366 72.93% 29 0.89%
1916 591 25.26% 1,711 73.12% 38 1.62%
1912 485 23.68% 1,312 64.06% 251 12.26%


The county is part of Tennessee's 7th congressional district. From the antebellum period, conservative whites historically voted Democratic, adding to the Southern Block. Residents of eastern Tennessee had been Unionist and supported the Republican Party.

In the late 20th century realignment of political parties, many white conservatives shifted into the Republican Party. Before Richard Nixon's campaign in 1972, no Republican had ever won as much as thirty percent of Stewart County's vote, but he won by a landslide in the South. Until 2000 Richard Nixon was the only GOP presidential candidate to gain forty percent of the vote in the country.

Before 2000, the Democratic presidential candidate lost Stewart County only in 1968, when segregationist George Wallace ran for the American Independent Party. After that Stewart County was one of only six Wallace counties[a] to support Democratic candidate George McGovern.

Since the turn of the 21st century, Stewart County's voters have increasingly supported Republican candidates in recent presidential elections. In the 2008 presidential election, John McCain received approximately 53.7% of the vote;[17] he was the first Republican to carry the county. For 100 years before that, Stewart County was the sole county in Tennessee that had never voted in majority for a Republican presidential candidate.[18] In 2016, Republican Donald Trump gained a proportion of votes here that was only marginally less than that of the GOP gained in the historically Unionist counties of East Tennessee and the Highland Rim.

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The others were the fellow secessionist white-majority Middle Tennessee counties of Houston and Perry, plus the three Alabama Black Belt counties of Bullock, Lowndes and Wilcox. where Negro voter registration was severely delayed after the Voting Rights Act.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Jane Bagwell, "Stewart County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 7 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "Goodspeed/Part2:Early Settlement". www.tngenweb.org. Retrieved November 25, 2020.
  5. ^ "The War of the Rebellion". Cornell University. August 22, 2012. Retrieved February 11, 2019.
  6. ^ Thomas C. Barr, Jr., "Caves of Tennessee", Bulletin 64 of the Tennessee Division of Geology, 1961, 568 pages.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  8. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved April 14, 2015.
  13. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  14. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 12, 2018.
  17. ^ 2008 electoral map, New York Times, 9 December 2008. Retrieved: 7 April 2013.
  18. ^ David Leip, "Presidential General Election Map Comparison (Tennessee)," Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved: 7 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 36°30′N 87°50′W / 36.50°N 87.84°W / 36.50; -87.84