Macon County, Georgia

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Macon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 14,074. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 13,542.[1] The county seat is Oglethorpe.[2][3]

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History

Macon County was created in 1837 from Houston ("house-ton") and Marion counties, effective December 14 of that year. The 91st county, it was named for the recently-deceased General Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina, who served in the U.S. Congress for 37 years and ran for U.S. vice president. (The city of Macon, Georgia was also named for him, but is actually the seat of another county.) Parts of the county were used to create Taylor and Peach counties, in 1852 and 1924 respectively.

The first county seat was actually not chosen until 1838 when the county's inferior court selected Lanier. The Georgia General Assembly (state legislature) designated it so on December 29 of that year and incorporated it as a town. The Central of Georgia Railroad was then built through Oglethorpe in the 1850s, and the assembly called for a referendum on moving the seat to Oglethorpe in February of both 1854 and 1856. Little is known about the first vote, but the second resulted in the change to the new county seat the following year.

The infamous Andersonville National Cemetery is at the southwestern tip of the county. During the American Civil War, 13,000 died there from starvation and disease. [3] There is also an active Mennonite community within the county. The area code for Macon County is currently 478.

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