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Billings County, Kansas [defunct]

Date Established: March 20, 1873
Date Organized: March 20, 1873
Date Defunct: February 25, 1874
Location: Kansas map showing location of Billings County
Origin of Name: The 1873 legislature, the first in which Norton County had a representative, changed the name from Norton to Billings as a joke and/or to please the overweening vanity of N.H. Billings, county attorney, superintendent of schools, and state representative. The following year, when Mr. Billings was no longer the county's representative, the legislature changed the name back to Norton County.
History: Billings County, during its brief history of less than one year, operated as an organized county because Norton County was organized on 22 Aug 1872 by the proclamation of Governor James Madison Harvey. Billings did not, however, have a county seat during its period of existence. The town of Norton was elected the county seat in 1874, following the reinstatement of the name of Norton County.
Population: No Data Available.
Other Resources: Post offices in Billings County
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