Webster County was created from a portion of Stewart County on December 16, 1853 by an act of the General Assembly. Initially, Georgia's 104th county was named Kinchafoonee County, after the Kinchafoonee Creek that flows through the county. ("Kinchafoonee" was a Creek Indian word that apparently referred to a mortar or bone device for cracking nuts.) However, many residents of the new county thought the name was awkward, undignified, and would invite ridicule from outsiders--so they asked that the county be renamed. On February 21, 1856, the legislature changed the name of Kinchafoonee County to Webster County. The new name honored the famous U.S. orator and politician, Daniel Webster (1782-1852).
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