Place:Phillips, Arkansas, United States

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Phillips County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of 2010, the population was 21,757. The county seat is Helena-West Helena. Phillips County is Arkansas's seventh county, formed on May 1, 1820, and named for Sylvanus Phillips, the area's first-known white settler and representative to the first Territorial Legislature of the Arkansas Territory.

The Helena-West Helena Micropolitan Statistical Area includes all of Phillips County.

Arkansas Attorney General Bruce Bennett was born in Phillips County in 1917 but reared and lived his adult years in El Dorado, the seat of Union County, Arkansas in southern Arkansas.Barry Williamson, an attorney in Austin, Texas, and a former member of the Texas Railroad Commission was reared in Phillips County.

Helena is the birthplace of Arkansas' former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln and actor/director/filmmaker Chuck Williams.

Mark Lavon “Levon” Helm was born on May 26, 1940, outside Elaine (Phillips County) to Nell and Diamond Helm. Levon is best known as the drummer and singer for the Canadian-American rock group The Band. Following the demise of The Band, he continued to have a successful career leading his own band, as well as acting in numerous motion pictures.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1820 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1820 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1820 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1831 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1890 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1820 1,201
1830 1,152
1840 3,547
1850 6,935
1860 14,877
1870 15,372
1880 21,262
1890 25,341
1900 26,561
1910 33,535
1920 44,530
1930 40,683
1940 45,970
1950 46,254
1960 43,997
1970 40,046
1980 34,772
1990 28,838

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