Bledsoe County was formed in 1807 from land that was formerly Indian Land as well as land carved from Roane County. The county was named for Anthony Bledsoe who lived from 1739 to 1788. He was also a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was an early settler of Sumner County. He was killed in an Indian attack at Bledsoe’s Station. The county has a total area of 407 square miles with a population count of 14,775 residents.