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Van Buren County was founded in 1840. It was named in honor of Martin Van Buren. U. S. Senator from new York 1821-1828. Governor of New York 1829, Secretary of State to President Jackson 1829-1831. Vice President of the United States 1833-1837. Eighth President of the United States 1837-1841.

Lies upon the Cumberland Plateau and upon the mountain spurs and intervening coves and valleys. It has all the characteristics of that section of the Slate; the thin, sandy soil of the Plateau, and the rich, productive soil of the valleys and coves. Spencer is the county seat and has a population of 217. The water courses are Caney Fork and Rocky Rivers and Cane and Laurel Creeks. These streams afford excellent water power. Timber exists in large quantities and of good quality. Coal and iron ore are also abundant. The agricultural productions are corn,wheat, oats, rye, grasses, clover, etc. The principal educational institution is Burritt College, though there are a number of good schools in the county. The usual county taxes are levied. The principal religious denominations are Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian and Christian.
(Hand-book of Tennessee By A. W. Hawkins, Henry E. Colton 1882)


Courthouse - Spencer, Van Buren County TN
Photo contributed by Walter Hillis






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