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It was from Georgetown that the world's first long-distance phone call was made.
Records are scarce in Quitman. The county as a whole has always had a population of under 3,000.
|Quitman County was formed in
1858 from the entire 8th district of Randolph County and part
of the 21st District of Stewart County. The county seat
is Georgetown. Quitman County was named for general John
Anthony Quitman, who was an ardent champion of states rights,.
leader in the Mexican War, once Governor of Mississippi, and an avid
spokesman for states' rights. He
was born in New York State Sept. 1, 1798 After serving as a major
general in the Mexican War, he was elected governor of Mississippi and
finally to the House of Representatives where he was serving at the
time of h s death, July 17, 1858
An earlier fortified settlement, believed to have been built by prehistoric Indians, was located where Cool Branch flows into the Chattahoochee River. Much of that area, indeed all of Quitman's western border - is now beneath the waters of Lake Walter F. Georgia, an impoundment on the Chattahoochee River.
The county's only incorporated municipality is Georgetown, the county
seat. It was named for the area in Washington, D.C. Originally it was called
Tobanana after a nearby creek. It was from Georgetown that the world's first
long-distance phone call was made.
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