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Washington County, Rhode Island

*Washington County, Rhode Island. Situated in the south part of the state, and contains 367 sq. miles. The Atlantic bounds it on the south, and Narraganset Bay on the east. Drained by Pawcatuck river and its branches, the principal of which are Wood and Charles rivers, which afford good water power. The surface is moderately uneven; soil, a strong gravelly loam, well adapted to grazing. It has several good harbors. Capital, North Kingston. There were in 1840, neat cattle 10,741, sheep 35,136, swine 8,399; wheat 1,428 bushels produced, rye 6,267, Indian corn 113,591, buckwheat 446, barley 12,590, oats 69,317, potatoes 257,731; 80 stores, capital $114,250; 6 lumber yards, capital $14,300; 16 fulling mills, 25 woolen factories, 23 cotton factories 23,666 spindles, 10 tanneries, 28 grist mills, 21 saw mills, 1 printing office. Capital in manufactures 771,610. 6 academies 270 students, 19 schools 742 scholars. Population, 14,324.

*Source: A Complete Descriptive And Statistical Gazetteer Of The United States Of America, By Daniel Haskel, A. M and J. Calvin Smith, Published By Sherman & Smith, 1843

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