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Jackson County

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Incorporated Date: 
February 11, 1796
Population: 
61,620
Total Area: 
342.4 sq mi
Contact Information
67 Athens St.
Jefferson, GA 30549
Phone Number: 
(706) 367-6312
Fax Number: 
(706) 367-9083

Jackson County, established in 1796 and carved from Franklin County lands, takes it name from General James Jackson who, after serving in the Revolutionary War, joined the U.S. Congress. Jefferson, the county seat, honors Thomas Jefferson. It was in Jackson County that, on March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford W. Long performed the first surgery to use an anesthetic, ether.