About Sampson County
Formed from neighboring Duplin County in April 1784 at 947 square miles, Sampson County is geographically the second largest county in North Carolina, and has a population of around 64,623. Our county is part of the 7th Congressional District with the largest city, Clinton, as the county seat.
The county is named after John Sampson, a Scot-Irish born in 1719. John immigrated to North Carolina somewhere in the 1730’s to 1740’s. He was a politician, farmer, and Revolutionary War Military officer.