Doniphan County, Kansas

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Doniphan County (county code DP) is a county located in Northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The population was estimated to be 7,865 in the year 2006.[1] Its county seat is Troy[2] and its most populous city is Wathena. The county along with Buchanan, Andrew, and DeKalb counties in Missouri is included in the St. Joseph Metropolitan Statistical Area, which had an estimated population of 122,306 in 2006.



Doniphan County was established August 25, 1855, and organized on September 18, 1855. It is named for the U.S. cavalry commander Colonel Alexander W. Doniphan (1808-1887) of Liberty, Missouri, who played an important part in the Mexican-American War. He was a zealous partisan in the failed effort made to extend slavery into Kansas.

See also: Doniphan County history reprinted from William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas (Chicago: A.T. Andreas, 1883).

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