Kent County

Kent County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the county had a population of 602,622. Its county seat is Grand Rapids. The county was set off in 1831, and organized in 1836. It is named for New York jurist and legal scholar James Kent, who represented the Michigan Territory in its dispute with Ohio over the Toledo Strip.

Kent County is part of the Grand Rapids–Kentwood Metropolitan Statistical Area and is West Michigan's economic and manufacturing center. It is home of the Frederik Meijer Gardens, a significant cultural landmark of the Midwest. The Gerald R. Ford International Airport is the county's primary location for regional and international airline traffic.

Traditionally a massive stronghold for the Republican Party, the Democratic Party has received increased support since the 2000s, with Grand Rapids and nearby suburbs supporting the Democratic Party while more rural areas support the Republican Party. In 2008, Barack Obama became the first Democratic presidential candidate to carry the county since 1964.

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  1. Grave of Pieter LankesterGrand Rapids, MichiganGrave of Pieter Lankester
  2. The Chicago TribuneChicagoThe Chicago Tribune, 1879-03-31, page 7, column 2
  3. The Detroit Free PressDetroitThe Detroit Free Press, 1879-04-08, page 8, column 3
  4. The Chicago TribuneChicagoThe Chicago Tribune, 1877-03-29, page 2, column 4
  5. The Chicago TribuneChicagoThe Chicago Tribune, 1876-04-04, page 1, column 7
  6. The Chicago TribuneChicagoThe Chicago Tribune, 1880-04-06, page 2, column 6
  7. The Detroit Free PressDetroitThe Detroit Free Press, 1880-04-06, page 8, column 3
  8. The Telegram HeraldGrand Rapids, MIThe Telegram Herald, 1891-11-06, page 3
  9. Grand Rapids HeraldGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Herald, 1892-01-16, page 3, column 1
  10. Grand Rapids HeraldGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Herald, 1892-02-21, page 7, column 3
  11. Grand Rapids HeraldGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Herald, 1892-10-17, page 2, column 4
  12. Grand Rapids HeraldGrand RapidsGrand Rapids Herald, 1893-01-31, page 5, column 1
  13. Grave of Francina GoossenGrand Rapids, MichiganGrave of Francina Goossen
  14. Michigan Department of State Michigan Department of State, Division of Vital StatisticsMichiganDeath record for David Lankester
  15. Grave of David LankesterGrand Rapids, MichiganGrave of David Lankester
  16. Grave of Maria LankesterGrand Rapids, MichiganGrave of Maria Lankester