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A petition to declare the town of Kenneth, Kansas the location for Temporary County Seat of Sheridan County. The last page of the petition is a note from the Sheridan County Census Taker swearing an oath that the signatures on the petition are legal voters of said county. In the late 19th century the location of County Seat was important to residents in towns of Kansas. Supporters of numerous locations within the counties of Kansas believed if their town was selected as County Seat, the success of the town would be guaranteed. The establishment of County Seat meant a courthouse would be built as well as bridges, roads, and schools. The competition of the location of County Seat among towns often resulted in bribery, fraud, and even violence.

Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1880

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Item Number: 455770
Call Number: Governor's Office, Governor John Pierce St. John, Correspondence Received, Subject Files, Box 11 Folder 7
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 455770

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