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This Day in Georgia History

December 08, 1823

Decatur County Created

Gov. George Troup signed legislation creating Decatur County. Decatur County, Georgia’s 58th, was created from portions of Early County and named for U.S. Navy Commodore Stephen Decatur. Although he had no ties to Georgia, Decatur was an American hero who defeated the Barbary pirates in Tripoli Harbor in 1804. Also involved in naval actions against the British in the War of 1812, Decatur was killed in a duel in 1820.

Decatur County Created View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government