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Gentry County is a county located in the northwestern portion of the state of Missouri. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 6,738. Its county seat is Albany. The county was organized February 14, 1841 and named for Colonel Richard Gentry of Boone County who fell in the Seminole War in 1837.
Named: Named for Richard Gentry, Seminole War general.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
In 1841 Gentry was set apart from Clinton County but it was not organized until 1845. The name was given in honor of Colonel Richard Gentry who lived in Boone County at the outbreak of the Florida War. On the battlefield of Okeechobee, Colonel Gentry is said to have directed his troops for an hour after he received a mortal wound. (HIST. GENTRY & WORTH, p. 92-3; HIST. DAVIESS & GENTRY, p. 216; J.S. Williams; BOONVILLE WEEKLY ADV., Nov. 10, 1911, p. 2)
Source: Ewing, Martha K. "Place Names In The Northwest Counties Of Missouri." M.A. thesis., University of Missouri-Columbia, 1929.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 492 square miles (1,270 km2), of which 491 square miles (1,270 km2) is
land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.06%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Albany R-III School District - Albany
King City R-I School District - King City
Stanberry R-II School District - Stanberry