KECSKEMET, a town of Hungary, in the county of PestPilis-Solt-Kiskun, 65 m. S.S.E. of Budapest by rail. Pop. (1900), 56,786. Kecskemet is a poorly built and straggling town, situated in the extensive Kecskemet plain. It contains monasteries belonging to the Piarist and Franciscan orders, a Catholic (founded in 1714), a Calvinistic and a Lutheran school. The manufacture of soap and leather are the principal industries. Besides the raising of cereals, fruit is extensively cultivated in the surrounding district; its apples and apricots are largely exported, large quantities of wine are produced, and cattlerearing constitutes another great source of revenue. Kecskemet was the birthplace of the Hungarian dramatist Jozsef Katona (1792-1830), author of the historical drama, Bdnk-Bdn (1815).
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