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Brown County, Kansas

Date Established: August 25, 1855
Date Organized:
Location: Kansas map showing location of Brown County
County Seat: Hiawatha
Origin of Name: In the 1870s, the secretary of the state Board of Agriculture attempted to determine for whom the county was named. Several of the legislators in the 1855 session declared the county was named for Albert Gallatin Brown (1813-1880), United States senator from Mississippi at the time of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Other legislators, however, stated it was named for O. H. Browne, a member of that legislature.
History: The county name was spelled Browne in the original statute, but the county seal omitted the 'e', as have all subsequent statutes.
Cities & Townships
PlacePopulation (2010 census)
Hamlin Township  335 
Hiawatha (city)  3,172 
Hiawatha Township  710 
Horton (city)  1,776 
Irving Township  306 
Mission Township  556 
Morrill Township  479 
Padonia Township  234 
Powhattan Township  888 
Robinson Township  422 
Sabetha (city) 
Walnut Township  592 
Washington Township  507 
Total population: 9,984 

Township map of Brown County, 2000
Population:
1860 (2,607)
1870 (6,823)
1880 (12,817)
1890 (20,319)
1900 (22,369)
1910 (21,314)
1920 (20,949)
1930 (20,553)
1940 (17,395)
1950 (14,651)
1960 (13,229)
1970 (11,685)
1980 (11,955)
1990 (11,128)
2000 (10,724)
2010 (9,984)
Other Resources: Post offices in Brown County
Cemeteries in Brown County, As of 1906
Newspapers Available on Microfilm
Townships and Independent Cities in Brown County
Bibliography
Kansas Memory
Links to Other Sites: Brown County page [Blue Skyways]
Brown County GenWeb
Early Kansas Maps [KanColl]
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