Fenton Township, Michigan

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Fenton Charter Township is a charter township of Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 12,968 at the 2000 census.




The township land was initially a part of Grand Blanc Township and then of Argentine Township until the spring of 1838 when it was separately organized. Clark Dibble, a pioneer from New York, was the first white settler to purchase land in the township, in March 1834. Other settlers followed and in 1837, William M. Fenton and Robert LeRoy bought land, a sawmill and water rights from Dibble, who moved elsewhere. Fenton and LeRoy had the settlement, then known as Dibbleville, platted. According to local legend, Fenton and LeRoy decided who would name the town in a game of poker. The town would be named after the winner and the main street after the loser. Fenton won and the town was known as Fentonville. The town was incorporated as the Village of Fenton in 1863. The remaining township incorporated as a Charter Township in 1980.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 27.5 square miles (71.3 km²), of which, 23.9 square miles (61.8 km²) of it is land and 3.7 square miles (9.5 km²) of it (13.29%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 12,968 people, 4,883 households, and 3,803 families residing in the township. The population density was 543.2 per square mile (209.8/km²). There were 5,247 housing units at an average density of 219.8/sq mi (84.9/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 97.02% White, 0.28% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.77% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population.

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