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Clinton, Louisiana
East Feliciana Courthouse in Clinton
East Feliciana Courthouse in Clinton
Location of Clinton in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Clinton in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country  United States
State  Louisiana
Parish East Feliciana
 • Total 2.76 sq mi (7.14 km2)
 • Land 2.74 sq mi (7.10 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
217 ft (66 m)
 • Total 1,340
 • Density 489.05/sq mi (188.83/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
Area code(s) 225
FIPS code 22-15990

Clinton is a town in, and the parish seat of, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, United States. The town was named for New York Governor DeWitt Clinton. The population was 1,653 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Baton Rouge Metropolitan Statistical Area.


In 1824, when Feliciana Parish was split into East and West, Clinton became the seat of East Feliciana Parish's government, replacing the town of Jackson in this capacity.

Several military engagements occurred during the American Civil War which involved Clinton. Union General Benjamin Grierson occupied Clinton on June 7, 1863, one month before the fall of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Grierson found the town deserted, as Confederates had withdrawn ten miles to the north. According to the historian John D. Winters in The Civil War in Louisiana (1863), the Union "burned a railroad depot, a warehouse containing several hundred hides, a small supply of corn, a machine shop, a locomotive, a crude woolen mill, a cartridge factory, a supply of ammunition, and several barrels of Louisiana rum."

On September 5, 1864, Union General Albert L. Lee left Baton Rouge to make another raid on Clinton and destroyed a tannery at nearby Greensburg containing two thousand sides of leather. On March 5, 1865, with less than a month remaining in the war, Union General Francis J. Herron moved from Baton Rouge toward Clinton and defeated a weak Confederate force. The Federal cavalry pushed twenty miles north of Clinton to discourage remaining Confederate activity in the area.


Clinton is located at 30°51′47″N 91°0′57″W / 30.86306°N 91.01583°W / 30.86306; -91.01583 (30.863050, -91.015789).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km2), of which 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.72%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 930
1880 112 −88.0%
1890 974 769.6%
1900 960 −1.4%
1910 918 −4.4%
1920 701 −23.6%
1930 702 0.1%
1940 998 42.2%
1950 1,383 38.6%
1960 1,568 13.4%
1970 1,884 20.2%
1980 1,919 1.9%
1990 1,904 −0.8%
2000 1,998 4.9%
2010 1,653 −17.3%
2020 1,340 −18.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Clinton racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 565 42.16%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 709 52.91%
Native American 1 0.07%
Asian 12 0.9%
Other/Mixed 35 2.61%
Hispanic or Latino 18 1.34%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,340 people, 737 households, and 506 families residing in the town.


East Feliciana Parish School Board serves Clinton. Public schools within Clinton and serving Clinton include:

  • Clinton High School
  • Clinton Middle School
  • Clinton Elementary School

This was changed in the Fall of 2010, when Clinton and Jackson High Schools merged to be housed at the old Jackson High/Middle School building in Jackson. Clinton Middle School was merged with Jackson Middle School and housed at the Clinton High School site.

Silliman Institute is the main private school in the area. Slaughter Community Charter School is the only charter school in the area.

Notable people

  • John D. Travis, state representative for District 62 from 1984 to 2000; born in Clinton in 1940
  • Shannon Dawson, college football coach
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