Seward County was created in 1873 from unorganized territory, and named for William Henry Seward, Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. It's location is in the southwest corner of Kansas along the Oklahoma border. Seward County is bordered by Haskell, Mead and Stevens Counties in Kansas (west, north and east); and Beaver and Texas counties to the south in Oklahoma. Official settlement of Seward County did not begin until 1884. The county seat is Liberal, although not the original judicial center. First Springfield, then Fargo Springs were named as county seats, but because the railroad bypassed these two towns, they lost population and in an election held in 1892, Liberal was named the new county seat.
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