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The city of Belton is in northwestern Cass County, Missouri. The city has its origins in George W. Scott and William H. Colbern, who bought eighty acres in 1869, filing for a plat for a new town in 1871, which was incorporated in 1872, and named for Captain Marcus Lindsey Belt, who had served with Scott during the War of Northern Aggression. Carry Nation, the famous leader of the temperance movement, was a resident of Belton, and is buried there. The self-improvement author, Dale Carnegie, spent much of his childhood in Belton, was a frequent resident there, and is also buried in Belton. The Daltons, of the outlaw Dalton Gang, were raised on a farm just southwest of Belton. Harry S. Truman, the 33rd president of the United States, spent a portion of his childhood in Belton.

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