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Murray County

Profile
Incorporated Date: 
December 3, 1832
Population: 
40,304
Total Area: 
344.4 sq mi
Contact Information
P.O. Box 1129
Chatsworth, GA 30705
Phone Number: 
(706) 517-1400 x.307
Fax Number: 
(706) 695-8721

Murray County, drawn from Cherokee County in 1832, subse­quently gave up lands to form Whitfield, Walker, Catoosa and Dade counties along with part of Chattooga County. It is named for Thomas Walton Murray, a lawyer and state legislator who served as speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives. Spring Place housed the first county seat, but in 1912, residents selected Chatsworth as the new seat of government. This county had once been the center of Cherokee Indian culture, home of Chief James Vann and site of a Moravian mission among the Cherokee.