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Dent County is a county located in South Central Missouri in the United States. The largest city and county seat is Salem. The county was officially organized on February 10, 1851, and is named after state representative Lewis Dent, a pioneer settler who came from Virginia in 1835.
Cemeteries of Dent County, Missouri are located across the county. Listed here are cemetery records that have been published online.
In 1851 the Missouri Assembly created Dent County from Crawford and Shannon counties. It was named for early settler Lewis Dent, who served as the first representative. G.D. Breckenridge, Samuel Hyer, Jr., and Jotham Clark were the first elected county officials. Joseph Millsap served as sheriff and David Henderson as clerk.
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 754.51 square miles (1,954.2 km2), of which 753.54 square miles (1,951.7 km2) (or 99.87%) is land and 0.97 square miles (2.5 km2) (or 0.13%) is water.
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