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This Day in Georgia History

December 30, 1851

Whitfield County Created

Gov. Howell Cobb signed an act creating Whitfield County as Georgia’s 98th county. Created from portions of Murray County, it was named for early American evangelist and founder of Bethesda Orphan Home George Whitefield. [The spelling of “Whitefield” was changed to “Whitfield” so that it would be pronounced correctly.]

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