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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.

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Sumter County, Alabama History

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Sumter County is a county of the state of Alabama. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 13,763. Sumter County was created on December 18, 1832, from former Choctaw Indian territory by the Choctaw Cession of 1832. The county seat is Livingston. Sumter county is named in honor of General Thomas Sumter of South Carolina.

Etymology - Origin of Sumter County Name

Sumter county was named for General Thomas Sumter of South Carolina.

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Sumter County History

Sumter County, Alabama


Sumter county was formed in December 18, 1832 and former known as Choctaw Indian territory. The county was named for General 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.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the 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.

The Tombigbee River runs along Sumter County's eastern border. The river is one of the most biologically diverse in the nation and is home to a number of at-risk species. A series of locks and dams, constructed beginning in the 1930s, along the Tombigbee River facilitate river traffic and also provide scenic views and recreational opportunities.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • 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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