Kent County, Maryland

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Kent County is a county located in the U.S. state of Maryland, on its Eastern Shore. It was named for the county of Kent in England. Its county seat is Chestertown. In 2000, the county population was 19,197. It is the least populous of Maryland's 23 counties.



In 1642, the governor and council appointed commissioners for the Isle and County of Kent. This act appears to have led to the establishment of Kent County.

The county has a number of properties which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[1] A peninsula along the southern shore of the Sassafras River containing several large farms and a large pond that were assembled into one property by the former owners of The Granary marina and restaurant at Georgetown, Liz Maytag and Mike Revuke, has been preserved as a wildlife sanctuary.

Government and politics

Kent County was granted home rule in 1970 under a state code. Kent County is the most politically competitive county on Maryland's eastern shore. In 2004, Republican George W. Bush won it with 52% of the vote to Democrat John Kerry's 46%. In the 2008 United States Presidential Election, Barack Obama won Kent County by 48 votes more than John McCain.[2]

The commissioners of Kent County are - Ronald H. Fithian (D) President, William W. Pickrum (D), Alexander P. Rasin (R)


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 414 square miles (1,073 km²), of which 279 square miles (724 km²) is land and 135 square miles (349 km²) (32.55%) is water.

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