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Lawrence is a city located in Douglas County, Kansas. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 80,098. Lawrence is the county seat of Douglas County, and is the home of the University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University. Lawrence is located in northeast Kansas, on the Kansas River, and southwest of Kansas City. The city was founded in 1851 for the New England Emigrant Aid Company by Charles Robinson, and named after A.A. Lawrence. It was home to the first church in Kansas, and was the political center of the Free States, and served as de facto capital until 1856.
In the Civil War era, Lawrence was a center of anti-slavery sentiment. On May 21, 1856, a pro-slavery posse led by Sheriff Samuel J. Jones burned the Free-State Hotel, destroyed the equipment of two anti-slavery newspapers, and looted several other businesses. No loss of life was recorded. On August 21, 1863, however, pro-slavery forces led by William Quantrill burned most of the homes and businesses in Lawrence, and killed 150-200 of the men they found in Lawrence.
The University of Kansas was founded in Lawrence in 1864. As a college town, Lawrence is known for its liberal philosophy and unique culture.
Lawrence's sister cities are Eutin, Germany and Hiratsuka, Japan.
Lawrence is located at 38°57'36" North, 95°15'12" West (38.959902, -95.253199).
This is about 25 miles west of Kansas City, and about 20 miles east of Topeka.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 74.3 km² (28.7 mi²). 72.8 km² (28.1 mi²) of it is land and 1.5 km² (0.6 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.06% water.
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