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Georgia is divided into 159 counties. Under the Georgia Constitution, Counties are granted home rule to deal with issues that are local in nature. Four consolidated city-Counties — Athens (Clarke County), Augusta (Richmond County), Columbus (Muscogee County), and Cusseta (Chattahoochee County) — exist.

Georgia has the second-highest number of Counties of any state in the United States, behind Texas (254). A few Georgia Counties have changed names over time. Jasper County was originally known as Randolph County. Later, the current Randolph County came into being. Webster County was once known as Kinchafoonee County, and Bartow County was formerly known as Cass County.

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Haralson County, Georgia

Haralson County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Buchanan
Year Organized: 1856
Square Miles: 282
Court House:

P.O. Box 489
County Courthouse
Buchanan, GA 30113-0489

Etymology - Origin of County Name

amed for General Hugh A. Haralson, a US Congressman and an officer in the state militia.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Haralson County was created in 1856 from parts of Carroll and Polk counties. Georgia's 112th county was named for General Hugh A. Haralson, a US Congressman and an officer in the state militia.

The old county courthouse, built in 1891 and now home of the local historical society, is a prime example of a public building constructed in the Queen Anne style. The clock tower was added in 1897.

Tallapoosa, the "Dogwood City," was named for the river that runs through Haralson County. Tallapoosa is an Indian word meaning "Golden Water." Tallapoosa is also known for having opened the first free school in Georgia in 1889.

Notable Citizens

Some notable people from Haralson County are Speaker Thomas B. Murphy, who has held the office of a state Speaker of the House longer than anyone else in the US; Whitlow Wyatt, a former Braves pitcher; and Leroy Almon, a well respected southern folk artist who has had work exhibited by the Smithsonian.

Higher Education

Campus for West Central Technical College located in Waco.

Neighboring Counties:

  • North: Polk County
  • Northeast: Paulding County
  • Southeast: Carroll County
  • Southwest: Cleburne County, Ala.
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