Grady County was created August 17, 1905 from Decatur and Thomas Counties
and was named for Henry W. Grady, born
May 17, 1851 and died
December 23, 1889 at the age of 39
years. Henry W. Grady was was a
journalist and writer for the Rome Courier and later editor of the Atlanta
During his short life he used his journalistic talent to urge citizens to
reintegrate the states of the former Confederacy into the union after the
American Civil War.
Cairo is the county seat. Perhaps
named for the country or Egypt or the city of Cairo, Illinois, and is
pronounced "Kayro," by native born Georgian's.
The other community is named Whigham, which is located a little over seven
miles from Cairo.
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