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Georgia Counties

Georgia is divided into one hundred and fifty-nine counties. The original eight counties of the State of Georgia were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes all created on February 5, 1777. The last new county to be established in Georgia was Peach County, established in 1924.

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Calhoun County, Georgia

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Calhoun County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 6,694. The county was created on February 20, 1854. The county seat is Morgan. The county is named in honor of John C. Calhoun (1782 - 1850), a US Congressman, a US Senator, and Vice President of the United States from South Carolina.

Etymology - Origin of Calhoun County Name

The county is named for Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, who had resigned as Vice President of the US in 1832 so that he could return to the Senate to debate Daniel Webster on state rights.

Demographics:

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Calhoun County History

Calhoun County was created in 1854 from parts of Baker and Early counties. It was named for Senator John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, who had resigned as Vice President of the US in 1832 so that he could return to the Senate to debate Daniel Webster on state rights.

The county courthouse has burned down twice in Calhoun County, once in 1888 and again in 1920.

One site on the National Register of Historic Places is the Arlington Methodist Church, built in 1908. It was designed by Columbus architect T. Firth Lockwood, Sr., using the Romanesque style of architecture.

Morgan, the county seat, was named for General Daniel Morgan, a Revolutionary War figure.

Points of Interest

Agriculture dominates the economy, with more than 50% of the land designated prime farmland by the US Department of Agriculture.

Calhoun County is home to several endangered plant and animal species including the Swamp Buckhorn, the Yellow Flytrap, the Hirst Panic Grass, and the Gopher Tortoise.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 284 square miles (740 km2), of which 280 square miles (730 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (1.1%) is water.

 Calhoun county is located in southwest Georgia. The county is in the Flint River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Northeast: Terrell County
  • East: Dougherty County
  • Southeast: Baker County
  • Southwest: Early County
  • Northwest: Clay County; Randolph County

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