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Cass COUNTY HISTORY
Cass County is located in the western part of the U.S. state of Missouri. Its county seat is Harrisonville.
The county was organized in 1835 as Van Buren County but was renamed in 1849 after U.S. Senator Lewis Cass of Michigan who later became a presidential candidate.

The first American settler on the site of modern Harrisonville was James Lackey in 1830. Other early settlers were Humphrey Hunt, John Blythe and Dr. Joseph Hudspeth. Lackey was considered a "squatter," as he built a cabin and enclosed a small field on the tract of public land taken for county seat purposes.

The site of the town was fixed under an act of the Missouri General Assembly in 1835, by David Waldo of Lafayette County and Samual Hink and William Brown, both of Jackson County. In the same year, the first court met for the county, known as Van Buren County. The Justices James McClellan and William Savage met in McClellan's residence about three miles southeast of Peculiar on September 14, 1835. William Lyon was appointed clerk of the court and county government was organized, including the establishment of Grand River Township.
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CASS COUNTY DATA

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Website Updates
December 2016
Obits-Nancy J. Cook, by GT Transcription Team



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Adjacent Counties
Jackson County (north)
Johnson County (east)
Henry County (southeast)
Bates County (south)
Miami County, Kansas (west)
Johnson County, Kansas (northwest)


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