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Webster County, Georgia
December 16, 1853 Kinchafoonee County created (later renamed to Webster County).
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February 21, 1856 Kinchafoonee County, Georgia is renamed to Webster County. At the same time the name of the county seat was changed from McIntosh to Preston.
  Daniel Webster
  Webster County, Georgia
January 29, 1878 Walter F. George born, Webster County, Georgia
  Webster County, Georgia
April 25, 2003 Supercell thunderstorms rake Polk, Paulding, Cobb, North Fulton and Dekalb County in north Georgia as well as Stewart, Marion, Webster, Sumter, and Dooly County in the south during the late afternoon and evening hours. Dade County also suffered some damage.
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Name derivation:Named in honor of Daniel Webster, noted legislator.
Acquisition: Creek cessions of Jan. 24, 1826 and Mar. 31,1826
Taken from: Stewart County
Counties created from:None
Cities: Preston (county seat)
Web sites:National Register of Historic Places in Webster County, Georgia
Webster County, Georgia, links
Map of Webster County, Georgia
History: Webster County was originally named Kinchafoonee County. Kinchafoonee is the Creek Indian word for "nutcracker." The county was named for a creek within its borders of the same name. Daniel Webster, Massachusetts Whig who ran for president three times, was so beloved by his Georgia supporters that he received 5,000 in the 1852 presidential election in spite of the fact that he had been dead for two weeks.

Preston, its county seat, was formed as Lannahassee ("Yellow Water") in 1836 following the Creek removal from the area. In 1851 the town center moved 1 mile to the newly built railroad depot and renamed itself to McIntosh, probably in honor of Chief McIntosh, a mixed-blood Creek chief who signed the Treaty of Indian Springs. In 1856 this town was renamed to Preston, in honor of South Carolina firebrand, William C. Preston, although the area north of the city was still known as McIntosh.

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