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Leavenworth is the largest city in and the county seat of Leavenworth County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 35,251. Located on the west bank of the Missouri River 25mi northwest of Kansas City, Missouri, it is part of the Kansas City metropolitan area.The site of Fort Leavenworth, the city is known in American history for its role as a key supply base in the settlement of the American West. It is also famous for being the location of several prisons, particularly the United States Disciplinary Barracks and United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth.HistoryLeavenworth, founded in 1854, was the first incorporated city in Kansas. The city was directly south of Fort Leavenworth, which was established as Cantonment Leavenworth in 1827 by Colonel Henry Leavenworth. Its location on the Missouri River made it a destination for slaves seeking freedom from the slave state of Missouri. Abolition supporters helped them find refuge. In the years before the American Civil War, Leavenworth was a hotbed of anti-slavery and pro-slavery agitation, often leading to open physical confrontations on the street and in public meetings.
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