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Wise County, Kansas [defunct]

Date Established: August 25, 1855
Date Organized:
Date Defunct: February 11, 1859
Location: Kansas map showing location of Wise County
Origin of Name: Named for Henry A. Wise (1806-1876), an outspoken proponent of slavery, congressman from Virginia from 1833 to 1844 and governor of Virginia from 1856 to 1860; one of his last official acts as governor was to sign John Brown's death warrant. He served as a brigadier general in the Confederate Army during the Civil War.
History: In 1859, Wise County lost territory to Chase County and gained territory from Davis (now Geary) County. Wise County became Morris County in 1859.
Population: No Data Available.
Other Resources: Post offices in Wise County
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