Early County


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Early County was one of seven counties created on Dec. 15, 1818, by an act of the General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1818, p. 27). Early, Irwin, Appling counties extended across south Georgia and were created from Creek lands acquired in 1814 by the Treaty of Fort Jackson.

Irwin, Appling, and Early counties were organized by an act of Dec. 21, 1819, which provided for election of county officials in each county (Ga. Laws 1819, p. 65).

Portions of Early County's original boundaries were used to create the following counties: Decatur (1823), Baker (1825), Clay (1854), Calhoun (1854), and Miller (1856). Other counties created from these five counties and falling within Early's original boundaries are: Dougherty (1853), Mitchell (1857), Grady (1905), and Seminole (1920). Also a portion of Thomas County (created in 1825) falls in Early's original boundaries.

Georgia's 40th county was named for former governor, congressman, and judge Peter Early (1773-1817). Early was governor when the Creeks ceded the lands that would later be used to form Early, Irwin, and Appling counties. The year after Early's death, the legislature named a new county for him.

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