Harris County, in west central Georgia on the Alabama border, is the state's seventy-second county. Created in 1827 from parts of Muscogee and Troup counties, it was named after attorney and former Savannah mayor Charles Harris, the son-in-law of Lachlan McIntosh, a Revolutionary War (1775-83) patriot.
The 464 square miles that make up Harris County were part of Creek Indian holdings until the Treaty of Indian Springs in 1825. The first white settlers arrived soon after the forced removal of the Indians to take advantage of the state's land lotteries. The first to arrive were east Georgians, followed by settlers from Pennsylvania, Virginia, and the Carolinas.
Notable persons who have lived in Harris County include science fiction writer Michael Bishop, Callaway Gardens founder Cason Jewell Callaway, U.S. congressman Hopkins Holsey, composer and pianist Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins, and coauthor of The Sacred Harp Benjamin Franklin White.
According to the 2010 U.S. census, the population of Harris County is 32,024, an increase from the 2000 population of 23,695.
Louise Calhoun Barfield, History of Harris County, Georgia, 1827-1961 (Columbus, Ga.: n.p., 1961).
Susan R. Boatright and Douglas C. Bachtel, eds., Georgia County Guide (Athens: Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development, University of Georgia, annual).
Elizabeth B. Cooksey, Savannah
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