Dexter is a village in Washtenaw County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The majority of the village is in the northwest corner of Scio Township with a small portion (approximately 200 homes) in Webster Township. The population was 2,338 at the 2000 census. The Census Bureau puts its population at 3,242 as of the official 2006 estimate. There is no political connection between the Village of Dexter and the nearby Township of Dexter, which is located to the northwest of the municipality. Both, however, were named for Judge Samuel William Dexter (son of Samuel Dexter, the early American statesman), who, in 1824, became the first person to purchase land in what is now Dexter village.