Dooly County, Georgia

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Dooly County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 11,525. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 11,592.[1] The county seat is Vienna.[2]

Dooly County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on May 15, 1821. It was one of the original landlot counties created from land ceded from the Creek Nation. The County Seat is Vienna, Georgia.

The entire county of Crisp and parts of Macon, Pulaski, Turner, Wilcox and Worth counties were formed from Dooly's original borders.

The County is named for Colonel John Dooly, a Georgia American revolutionary war fighter who helped prosecute Tories in 1779 and was murdered by them the following year.

Notable Dooly County residents include former governor George Busbee; former U.S. senator Walter F. George; the late Jody Powell, press secretary and aide to Jimmy Carter during his governorship and U.S. presidency; and Roger Kingdom, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field.

Recently, Dooly County has enjoyed some measure of fame due to the success of NASCAR driver David Ragan, who originally hails from Unadilla. Ragan presently drives the #6 UPS Ford car in the Nextel Cup NASCAR circuit for Jack Roush's Roush-Fenway Racing team.

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