Washington County, Alabama

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Washington County is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. The county was named in honor of George Washington, first President of the United States of America. As of 2000, the population was 18,097. Its county seat is Chatom. Washington County is a dry county.

Washington County was where the major league baseball player Wilmer David "Vinegar Bend" Mizell (1930–1999) played ball. Mizell served as a Republican congressman from North Carolina from 1969-1975.

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History

  • Washington County in Tombigbee District was established by proclamation of Governor Winthrop Sargent of the Mississippi Territory on June 4, 1800.
  • It is the oldest county in the State of Alabama.
  • Over two thirds of the adult men volunteered and served in the Confederate Army as of 1863, when the CSA was petitioned by a group of elderly men not to draft them, so they might serve as a sort of homeland militia. They stated in their petition that they were needed to protect against potential slave uprisings, inasmuch as the county was home to numerous plantations with large slave populations.
  • The county was declared a disaster area in September 1979 due to damage from Hurricane Frederic.
  • Washington County is home to the site of Old Saint Stephens, the first territorial capital of Alabama.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,089 square miles (2,819 km²), of which 1,081 square miles (2,799 km²) is land and 8 square miles (20 km²) (0.72%) is water. The Tombigbee River borders Washington County to the east.

Major highways

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