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This Day in Georgia History

December 16, 1853

Kinchafoonee County Created

Gov. Herschel Johnson signed an act creating Kinchafoonee County as Georgia’s 104th county. Created from portions of Stewart County, Kinchafoonee County was named for the main creek that ran through the area. Criticism of the name, however, led local residents to seek to have the county’s name changed. On Feb. 21, 1856, Gov. Johnson signed an act redesignating the county as Webster County. The new name honored former U.S. Secretary of State Daniel Webster, who as a U.S. senator had helped bring about the Compromise of 1850.