Haakon County, organized in 1915, was named for Haakon VII of Norway because of a large number of Scandinavian settlers. Prior to 1914, the area now known as Haakon County formed a part of Stanley County. Because of the enormous size of the county and the great distances to travel, the electors submitted a request to the voters to divide Stanley County. The result of the election was to divide Stanley County into three parts, one to remain as Stanley County with Fort Pierre as the county seat; one to be called Jackson County with Kadoka as the county seat; and Haakon County with Philip as the temporary county seat. The battle between towns for the location of the county seat developed into a lively, although one-sided race. Philip was selected by a large majority at a general election in March 1916.