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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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Sumter County, Alabama History

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Sumter County is a county of the state of Alabama. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,763. Its county seat is Livingston. Its name is in honor of General Thomas Sumter of South Carolina

Etymology - Origin of Sumter County Name

It was named for Gen. Thomas Sumter of South Carolina.


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Sumter County, Alabama

Formed in Dec. 18, 1832 and former known as Choctaw Indian territory. It was named for Gen. Thomas Sumter of South Carolina. The county is located in the west-central part of the state, bordering the State of Mississippi to the west and the Tombigbee River to the east. Sumter County encompasses 907 square miles.

The county seat was established at Livingston in 1833. The Livingston State Normal School was established in 1883. Livingston is now the home of the University of West Alabama. Other towns in Sumter County include York, Cuba and Bellamy.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 913 square miles (2,360 km2), of which 904 square miles (2,340 km2) is land and 9.4 square miles (24 km2) (1.0%) is water. It is intersected by the Noxubee River.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Pickens County
  • Northeast: Greene County
  • Southeast: Marengo County
  • South: Choctaw County
  • Southwest: Lauderdale County, Miss.
  • Northwest: Kemper County, Miss.; Noxubee County, Miss.

Places of interest

Sumter County is home to the University of West Alabama Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and the Coleman Center for the Arts. The historic Alamuchee-Bellamy Covered Bridge is also located on the University of West Alabama campus.


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