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Brooks County

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Incorporated Date: 
December 11, 1858
Population: 
16,425
Total Area: 
493.7 sq mi
Contact Information
P.O. Box 272
Quitman, GA 31643
Phone Number: 
(229) 263-5561
Fax Number: 
(229) 263-9345

Brooks County got its territory in 1858 from Lowndes and Thomas counties, but even earlier, those lands had been part of Irwin County. It is named for Preston Brooks, a defender of states' rights and a member of Congress prior to the Civil War. Another states' rights advocate, General John Quitman of Mexican War fame, lends his name to the county seat.