Brantley County, Georgia

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Brantley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It is part of the 'Brunswick, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area' which encompasses all of Brantley, Glynn, and McIntosh counties. As of 2000, the population is 14,629. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 15,440.[1] The county seat is Nahunta.[2]

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History

Georgia voters passed a state constitutional amendment on November 2, 1920, to form Brantley County from pieces of Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties. The state historical marker on the grounds of the Brantley County courthouse and several other sources[who?] state that Brantley County was named for Benjamin D. Brantley, a member of a prominent local family. Other sources claim the name honored Benjamin Brantley's son, William Goodman Brantley of Brunswick, Georgia. The younger Brantley served as a state representative, state senator, and eight-term United States representative.

Since the Okefenokee Swamp is to the south and west of the county, passage through Brantley County was essential to the railroads running from the coast through the southern part of the state.

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