|Seat Information||The act creating Dougherty County designated Albany as county seat. Believed to have been named for Albany, N.Y., Albany was settled in 1837 in what was then Baker County. The General Assembly incorporated Albany as a town on Dec. 27, 1838 (Ga. Laws 1838, p. 128).|
|Courthouse Details||Dougherty County court was first held in rented rooms until the first courthouse was completed, by slave labor, in 1856 . This courthouse was replaced in 1904 with a two-store brick building , which was destroyed by fire in 1966. In 1968, the city of Albany and Dougherty County built a shared government building and courthouse. By 1990, city and county governments had outgrown the courthouse building. In 1993, a new 5-story brick Albany-Doughtery County Government Center was built across the street to house the non-judicial agencies of city and county governments. The 1968 building became the Albany-Dougherty County Judicial Building and continues to serve as the Dougherty County courthouse.|
|County Area||334.7 Square Miles|
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 . . . .
Additinally, 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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