Established: January 15, 1851 Organized
July 17, 1855 County Seat: Cresco 417 Square miles
Howard County was named for General Tilghman Ashurst Howard, who held various offices in Tennessee and Indiana, and who was long time friends of Andrew Jackson and Sam Houston. Howard County was organized July 17, 1855 by order of Judge
James Lyon of Chickasaw County, and an election followed on August 6, 1855.
The first question to be answered after the election of county officers was where to locate the county seat, but for the first few years, the seat of government changed so much that no one was quite sure of the official location until the first Courthouse was built four years later, court sessions were held in the homes of some of the early residents.