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Grady County

Profile
Incorporated Date: 
August 17, 1905
Population: 
25,115
Total Area: 
458.2 sq mi
Contact Information
250 North Broad St., Box 7
Cairo, GA 39828
Phone Number: 
(229) 377-1512
Fax Number: 
(229) 377-1039

Grady County, created in 1905, grew out of Decatur and Thomas counties. Founders named it to honor Henry W. Grady, editor of *The Atlanta Constitution* during the Reconstruction Period and an advocate of the "new south." He sought to heal the bitter division between North and South. In a nod to the city in Egypt, residents named the county seat Cairo, although the reason for this is unclear.