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Sumner County, Kansas

Date Established: February 26, 1867
Date Organized:
Location: Kansas map showing location of Sumner County
County Seat: Wellington
Origin of Name: In honor of Charles Sumner (1811-1874), a U.S. senator from Massachusetts. The Senate's leading opponent of slavery, he was beaten unconscious on the Senate floor by a South Carolina congressman after one speech Sumner made against pro-slavery groups in Kansas in 1856. During the Civil War, he became a leader of the Radical Republicans, arguing for black suffrage and urging an extensive programme of economic aid, land distribution and free education for freed slaves. He also lead the impeachment movement against President Andrew Johnson.
Cities & Townships
PlacePopulation (2010 census)
Avon Township  317 
Belle Plaine Township  3,287 
Bluff Township  48 
Caldwell (city)  1,068 
Caldwell Township  157 
Chikaskia Township  59 
Conway Township  1,250 
Creek Township  243 
Dixon Township  657 
Downs Township  156 
Eden Township  414 
Falls Township  135 
Gore Township  2,105 
Greene Township  75 
Guelph Township  184 
Harmon Township  289 
Illinois Township  173 
Jackson Township  140 
London Township  716 
Morris Township  25 
Osborne Township  257 
Oxford Township  1,271 
Palestine Township  230 
Ryan Township  177 
Seventy-Six Township  245 
South Haven Township  567 
Springdale Township  753 
Sumner Township  124 
Valverde Township  117 
Walton Township  361 
Wellington (city)  8,172 
Wellington Township  360 
Total population: 24,132 

Township map of Sumner County, 2000
Population:
1870 (22)
1880 (20,812)
1890 (30,271)
1900 (25,631)
1910 (30,654)
1920 (29,213)
1930 (28,960)
1940 (26,163)
1950 (23,646)
1960 (25,316)
1970 (23,553)
1980 (24,928)
1990 (25,841)
2000 (25,946)
2010 (24,132)
Other Resources: Post offices in Sumner County
Cemeteries in Sumner County, As of 1906
Newspapers Available on Microfilm
Townships and Independent Cities in Sumner County
Bibliography
Kansas Memory
Links to Other Sites: Sumner County page [Blue Skyways]
Sumner County GenWeb
Early Kansas Maps [KanColl]
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