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Alabama currently has sixty-seven counties. The oldest county, Washington, was created on June 4, 1800, when what is now Alabama was then part of the Mississippi Territory. The newest county is Houston, created on February 9, 1903.

In 1820, Alabama had 29 counties. By 1830 there were 36, with Indians still occupying land in northeast and far western Alabama. By 1840, 49 counties had been created; 52 by 1850; 65 by 1870; and the present 67 counties by 1903.
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Butler County, Alabama History

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Butler County is a county in the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 20,947. Its county seat is Greenville. Its name is in honor of Captain William Butler, who was born in Virginia and fought in the Creek War, and who was killed in May 1818.

Etymology - Origin of Butler County Name

Named for Capt. William Butler, a soldier of the Creek War of 1813-14.


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Butler County, Alabama

Formed by the first session of the Alabama legislature on 1819 Dec. 13, from parts of Monroe and Conecuh Counties. It was named for Capt. William Butler, a soldier of the Creek War of 1813-14. Butler County lies in the south-central part of the state, and borders Lowndes, Crenshaw, Covington, Conecuh, Monroe, and Wilcox counties. The county seat is located at Greenville, which was originally named Buttsville. Other towns and communities include Chapman, McKenzie, and Georgiana.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 778 square miles (2,020 km2), of which 777 square miles (2,010 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Lowndes County
  • East: Crenshaw County
  • Southeast: Covington County
  • Southwest: Conecuh County; Monroe County
  • Northwest: Wilcox County


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