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Wayne County, Georgia
Wayne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. The 2005 Census Estimate shows a population of 28,390. The county seat is Jesup.


History
Although created in 1803, no valid lottery was done for the county until the Land Lottery Act of 1805. The 1805 Act divided the half million acres (2,000 km) of Wayne County, formed the Tallassee Strip, and set the stage for the land lottery that would result in more formal settlement of the area. It is the second date, December 7, 1805, that the county chose to observe as the creation date.

The county was named for Mad Anthony Wayne whose military career had made him a well known hero. When he surprised the British garrison at Stony Point on July 15, 1779, he acquired the nickname "Mad" Anthony. From one siege to another, he was a vital member of General George Washington's staff serving well under General Nathaniel Greene and coming to Georgia in 1781 in his service during the American Revolution.


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