Lee's Summit, Missouri

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Lee's Summit is a city in Jackson and Cass Counties in the U.S. state of Missouri. The U.S. Census estimated the city's population at 84,208 in 2008.[3] However, the city's development report estimated its population at 92,927 in 2009,[4] making it the sixth-largest city in the Kansas City Metropolitan Area and the sixth-largest city in Missouri. In 2006 CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Lee's Summit 44th on its list of the 100 Best Cities to Live in the United States.[5] Then in 2010 the same list put Lee's Summit at #27 out of the top 100.


Origin of name

Founded as the "Town of Strother", by William B. Howard for his wife, Maria D. Strother (daughter of William D. Strother formerly of Bardstown, Kentucky). Howard came to Jackson County in 1842 from Kentucky, married Maria in 1844, and by 1850 he and Maria had 833 acres (3.37 km2) and a homestead five miles (8 km) north of town. He was arrested for being a Confederate in October 1862, near the beginning of the Civil War, and after being paroled he took his family back to Kentucky for the duration of the war. After the war ended he returned and, knowing that the Missouri Pacific Railroad was surveying a route in the area, platted the town with 70 acres (280,000 m2) in the fall of 1865.[6][7]

In 1865 the town changed its name for early settler Dr. Pleasant John Graves Lea, who moved to Jackson County in 1849, from Bradley County, Tennessee. Lea was listed as the postmaster of Big Cedar in the 1855 United States Official Postal Guide.[8] Dr. Lea was killed in August 1862 by Kansas Jayhawkers (or Redlegs).[9]

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