Douglas County, Kansas

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Douglas County (county code DG) is a county located in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States. The county's population—one of the fastest-growing in the state of Kansas—was estimated to be 116,383 in the year 2009, making it the fifth-largest in the state.[1] Its county seat and most populous city is Lawrence,[2] and the entire county is included in the Lawrence, Kansas, Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Douglas County was opened for settlement on May 15, 1854, and was named for Stephen A. Douglas, a senator from Illinois. The county was practically at the center of the Bleeding Kansas years as leaders in Lecompton, the territorial capital, wanted Kansas to be a slave state and leaders in Lawrence wanted Kansas to be a free state. Because of this, multiple events took place, including the drafting of the Lecompton Constitution admitting Kansas as a slave state, the sacking of Lawrence, and the Battle of Black Jack.

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