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Mitchell County

Profile
Incorporated Date: 
December 21, 1857
Population: 
24,073
Total Area: 
512.0 sq mi
Contact Information
P.O. Box 187
Camilla, GA 31730
Phone Number: 
(229) 336-2000
Fax Number: 
(229) 336-2003

Mitchell County was carved out of Baker County in 1857. Historians propose two stories for the origin of its name; it's a reference to either General David B. Mitchell, twice governor of Georgia, or General Henry Mitchell, a one time state senator for the area. The county seat, Camilla, may be named for David Mitchell's daughter. Pelham, another municipality, is named for Confederate Major John Pelham who, while still in his teens, commanded Jeb Stuart's horse artillery.