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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 Constitution.

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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