Taliaferro County, Georgia

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Taliaferro County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 2,077. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 1,884.[2] The county seat is Crawfordville.[3] Taliaferro County is the least populous county in Georgia.

The spelling of the county's name is not phonetic. The pronunciation is in keeping with how many families with the name "Taliaferro" traditionally pronounce it. The pronunciation is "Tolliver" (rhyming with the common male name "Oliver", IPA: /ˈtɒlɪvər/).

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History

Taliaferro County was formed by an act of the Georgia Legislature meeting in Milledgeville on December 24, 1825. It was formed by taking portions of five other counties: Wilkes, Greene, Hancock, Oglethorpe, and Warren Counties.

The county was named for Colonel Benjamin Taliaferro of Virginia, who was an officer in the American Revolution.

The county is most famous for being the home of Alexander H. Stephens, who served as a senator from Georgia in the antelbellum south, the Vice President of the Confederate States of America, and the governor of Georgia until his death. A state park near his home in Crawfordville, Georgia bears his name.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 195 square miles (506 km²), of which, almost all is land, and less than one square mile (0.04%) is water.

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