Batesville is the second oldest municipality in the state of Arkansas, after Georgetown. It was named for James Woodson Bates who settled in the town and was the first territorial delegate from Arkansas to the Congress of the United States. The town has also gone by the names of Napoleon and Polk Bayou. Batesville is the county seat and largest city of Independence County, Arkansas, United States, 80 miles 183 square kilometer northeast of Little Rock, the state capital. The city serves as a regional manufacturing and distribution hub for the Ozark Mountain region and northeast Arkansas.