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This county, created by Act of the
Legislature October 1, 1870, is named for Stephen A. Douglas, the
"Little Giant," a Vermonter who was Congressman from Illinois 1843 to
'47, Senator from '47 to '61, and Democratic candidate for President in
1860 on the ticket with Gov. Herschel V. Johnson, of Georgia, for Vice
Among the first County Officers were: Sheriff T.H.
Sellman, Clerk of Superior Court A.L. Gorman, Ordinary Wm. Hindman, Tax
Receiver Jno. M. James, Tax Collector M.D. Watkins, Treasurer C.P.
Bower, Surveyor John M. Hughey.
Formed soon after the end of the
US Civil War, Douglas County was originally named by the reconstruction
legislature after Frederick Douglass, the Civil War-era abolitionist;
however, the official honoree was later changed to Stephen A. Douglas,
an Illinois senator and the Democratic opponent of Abraham Lincoln in
the presidential election of 1860.
The county seat is
Cities and towns
Austell (part, remainder is in Cobb County,
Villa Rica (part, remainder is in Carroll
Lithia Springs -- Beulah -- Bill Arp --
Chapel Hill -- Cracker -- Fairplay -- Fouts Mill
Hannah -- McWhorter
-- Midway -- Phillips Mill -- White City -- Winston