Thomas County, Georgia

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Thomas County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2000, the population was 42,737. The county's growth is evident with a population of 45,237 according to the 2007 U.S. Census Estimate.[1] The county seat is Thomasville.[2]

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History

Thomas County was created by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 24, 1825, from portions of Decatur and Irwin counties. Colquitt (1856), Brooks (1858), and Grady (1905) counties all were formed partially from lands within Thomas County's original borders.

The county is named for Jett Thomas, officer in the War of 1812 who is also known for overseeing the construction of the first building at the University of Georgia (originally referred to as Franklin College and known today as Old College) as well as the state capitol at Milledgeville.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 552 square miles (1,430 km²), of which 548 square miles (1,420 km²) is land and 4 square miles (10 km²) (0.68%) is water.

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