Hettinger County, North Dakota

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Coordinates: 46°26′N 102°26′W / 46.433°N 102.433°W / 46.433; -102.433

Hettinger County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Dakota. As of 2000, the population was 2,715. Its county seat is Mott.[2] The city of Hettinger, North Dakota, is in nearby Adams County.



Hettinger County was named by Tom Hettinger, the great-grandson of Erastus A. Williams, who was Speaker of the Dakota Territory House of Representatives the year Hettinger was established, in honor of his father-in-law Mathias Hettinger.[1] The county was founded by the Dakota Territory Legislature in 1883, and was formally organized with its own county government on April 17, 1907, by a proclamation signed by Governor John Burke.[3]

Annexation by Stark County

In 1891, the North Dakota Legislature approved legislation to annex Hettinger County into neighboring Stark County,[4] but the law was vetoed by Governor Eli C. D. Shortridge.[5][6]

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