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Sumter County, Georgia
March 29, 1540 After passing through a swamp, De Soto crosses a river, probably in Sumter County
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Hernando deSoto
August 14, 1734 Thomas Sumter born, near Charlottesville, Virginia. Both Fort Sumter and Sumter County, Georgia are named in his honor
  Thomas Sumter
  Sumter County, Georgia
December 26, 1831 Sumter County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Sumter County, Georgia
June 1, 1832 Thomas Sumter died, near Stateburg, SC
  Thomas Sumter
  Sumter County, Georgia
December 22, 1832 Americus is incorporated and made the seat of Sumter County
  Sumter County, Georgia
December 21, 1863 Sidney Winder orders construction to begin on Camp Sumter near Andersonville, Georgia
  Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
May 18, 1923 Charles Lindbergh completes his first solo flight at Souther Field
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
May 18, 1923 Charles Lindbergh completes his first solo flight at Souther Field
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
October 1, 1924 Jimmy Carter born, Plains, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Jimmy Carter
October 4, 1955 George Mathews of Americus, in association with Bell Systems, demonstrates a photovoltic (sun-powered) phone, the Bell Solar Battery, in the rural Georgia town.
  Sumter County, Georgia
February 24, 1957 About 100 members of the Ku Klux Klan visit Koinonia Farms after a Sumter County newspaper erroneously reports that the owner endorsed the applications of two black men to Georgia State College of Business Administration (now Georgia State College). They advice the owners it would be a good time to leave the county
  Sumter County, Georgia
April 21, 1958 Up to 2 inches of hail fell on Ben Hill and Sumter Counties. There was no reported damage.
  Ben Hill County, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
March 5, 1997 Yasser Arafat travels to Plains, GA (Sumter County) to meet former President Jimmy Carter
  Jimmy Carter
  Sumter County, Georgia
April 9, 1998 The National P.O.W. Museum opens at Andersonville, GA
  Camp Sumter, Andersonville, Georgia
  Sumter County, Georgia
March 1, 2007 Sumter County Regional Hospital in Americus is struck by a tornado, killing 2.
  Sumter County, Georgia
  Georgia Tornadoes
June 11, 2011 Kansas City Chiefs tight end Leonard Pope rescues Bryson Moore from a pool in Americus, Georgia. Bryson had fallen into the deep-end and was underwater.
  Sumter County, Georgia


Name derivation: Named in honor of Thomas Sumter, South Carolina Revolutionary War hero who helped Georgia fight against the British and the Cherokee Nation. It was both his war record and his strong support for the right of "nullification" that made him popular in Georgia.
Acquisition:
Taken from: Lee
Counties created from: Schley

Cities: Americus (county seat), Plains, Desoto

Web sites:National Register of Historic Places in Sumter County, Georgia
Sumter County, Georgia, links
Sumter County, Georgia


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