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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.

Montgomery County, Alabama History

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Montgomery County is a county in the State of Alabama. Based on the 2010 census, its population was 229,363. Montgomery County was created on December 6, 1816 from Monroe County. The county seat is Montgomery. Montgomery county was named in honor of Major Lemuel P. Montgomery (Tennessee) who was killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, 1814.

Montgomery County is included in the Montgomery, AL Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Montgomery County Name

The county was named in honor of Major Lemuel Putnam Montgomery (Tennessee) who was killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, 1814.


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Montgomery County History

Montgomery County, Alabama

Montgomery county was formed by the Mississippi Territory General Assembly on December 6, 1816. The county is located in the south-central part of the state and is bounded on the north by the Alabama and Tallapoosa Rivers. The county encompasses 793 square miles.

Montgomery county was named in honor of Major Lemuel Putnam Montgomery (Tennessee) who was killed in the Battle of Horseshoe Bend, 1814. The county seat was established in Montgomery, which was also selected as the state capital in 1846. Other significant communities include Hope Hull, Ramer, Pike Road and Mt. Meigs.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 800 square miles (2,100 km2), of which 784 square miles (2,030 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (2.0%) is water.

The Coosa and the Tallapoosa rivers join north of Montgomery to form the Alabama River, which meanders southwestward until it connects with the Tombigbee River, which drains the state's western portion. Their waters are discharged into Mobile Bay through the Mobile and Tensaw rivers.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Elmore County
  • Northeast: Macon County
  • Southeast: Bullock County; Pike County
  • South: Crenshaw County
  • West: Lowndes County
  • Northwest: Autauga County


The Montgomery Public Schools headquarters and Montgomery County Board of Education is located at 307 S. Decatur Street in Montgomery.
Montgomery Public Schools operates public schools.

The Montgomery City-County Public Library operates public libraries.

Universities/Colleges include:

  • Huntigdon College
  • Faulkner University
  • Alabama State University
  • Auburn University Montgomery
  • Virginia College
  • Amridge University
  • H. Council Trenholm Tech
  • United States Air War College

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