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The city of Stanton is the county seat of Stanton County, Nebraska. Both the city and county were named for Edwin McMasters Stanton, Secretary of War for President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. According to legend, the area that was to become Stanton was the site of a large battle between the Omaha and Ponca Indian tribes during the 1840s that involved thousands of warriors. The first European-American settlers arrived at the end of the Civil War, in 1865, who mostly came from Indiana and Wisconsin. A post office was established in 1867, and named Pleasant Run, and a town was platted in 1870. By 1875, regular mail and stage runs came through the area, and the name of the community was changed to Stanton in 1877, in preparation for its becoming the county seat. Stanton was incorporated in 1881, and became a city in 1893. Stanton is southeast of Norfolk and northeast of Madison.



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