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Howard County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. Its county seat is Fayette. The county was organized January 23, 1816 and named for Benjamin Howard, the first Governor of the Missouri Territory.
On the north bank of the Missouri River, Howard County was settled primarily by migrants from the Upper Southern states of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. They brought slaves and slaveholding traditions with them, and quickly started cultivating crops similar to those in Middle Tennessee and Kentucky: hemp and tobacco. Howard was one of several counties settled mostly by Southerners along the Missouri River in the central part of the state. Given their culture and traditions, this area became known as Little Dixie and Howard County was at its heart. In 1860 slaves made up 25 percent or more of the county's population. Residents generally supported the Confederacy during the Civil War. After the Civil War, Howard County was a dangerous place for African Americans. The county witnessed five lynchings between 1891 and 1914. The victims—Olli Truxton, Frank Embree, T homas Hayden, Arthur McNeal, and Dallas Shields—were all African American men.
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