Dougherty County


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Dougherty County was created Dec. 15, 1853 by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1853-54, p. 296). Dougherty County was formed entirely from Baker County, with its original boundaries specified as:

Beginning at the extreme North East corner of said county, and thence West on the present county line between the same and Lee County, until it intersects with the most westerly main run of the Chickasawhatchie Creek, embracing in said new county, all of Grinnett's Causeway, and certain Islands known as the Pine Islands, thence down said westerly run to the point where it intersects with the land district line, running from East to West, and dividing the first, second and third districts of Baker County from the seventh, eighth and ninth districts of the same, thence East on said district line to the point where it intersects with the county line between Irwin and Baker Counties, thence North on said line to the point where it intersects with said most North Eastern extreme point of said Baker County . . . .

Additionally, portions of Worth County were transferred to Dougherty County in 1854 and 1856. Georgia's 103rd county was named for Athens judge Charles Dougherty, a strong advocate of states' rights in the 1850s.

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