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Dawson County

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Incorporated Date: 
December 3, 1857
Population: 
22,006
Total Area: 
211.0 sq mi
Contact Information
78 Howard Ave. East Suite 100
Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone Number: 
(706) 344-3501
Fax Number: 
(706) 344-3889

Dawson County, created in 1857, drew lands from Gilmer, Lumpkin and Forsyth counties. Originally it was part of the Cherokee Nation which was "given" to Georgia through a dubious treaty. Dawson County and its county seat of Dawsonville bear the name of Judge William C. Dawson. He compiled the laws of Georgia and commanded a brigade in the Creek Wars of 1836. He also served in both houses of the state legislature, then in the U.S. Congress prior to the Civil War.