Place:Barbour, Alabama, United States

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NameBarbour
Alt namesBarboursource: Getty Vocabulary Program
James Barboursource: Wikipedia
TypeCounty
Coordinates31.883°N 85.45°W
Located inAlabama, United States     (1832 - )
See alsoBullock, Alabama, United StatesChild county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
Pike, Alabama, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
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Barbour County, Alabama is a county of the U.S. state of Alabama. Its name is in honor of James Barbour, who served as Governor of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,457. Its county seat is Clayton.

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History

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Barbour County was established on December 18, 1832, from former Creek Indian homelands and a portion of Pike County. The Creek were removed to territory west of the Mississippi River. The fertile land was developed by southern migrants as large cotton plantations dependent on slave labor. Its boundaries were altered in 1866 and 1868.[1] The Election Riot of 1874 occurred near Comer.

In 1833, Louisville was chosen as the first county seat for Barbour County. The county seat was moved in 1834, after an eleven-member committee selected Clayton because of its central geographic location. By the 1870s, Eufaula had surpassed Clayton in size, sparking debate about whether the county seat should be moved to the county's commercial center or remain at its geographic center. Reaching a compromise, the legislature passed Act No. 106 on February 12, 1879, to establish courts in both Eufaula and Clayton. Today, two count courthouses operate in Barbour County.

Barbour County governors

As a center of the planter elite, Barbour County has been the home of more Alabama governors than any other county in the state. Six elected governors as well as two acting governors lived in Barbour County. The Barbour County Governors' Trail was established by an act of the Alabama Legislature in 2000 to honor the eight distinguished men and women who have served as governor from the county.

Alabama governors from Barbour County
Name In Office Hometown
John Gill Shorter 1861–1863 Eufaula, AL
William Dorsey Jelks 1901–1907 Eufaula, AL
Braxton Bragg Comer 1907–1911 Spring Hill, AL
Charles S. McDowell July 10,11, 1924 Eufaula, AL
Chauncey Sparks 1943–1947 Eufaula, AL
George Corley Wallace 1963–1967,

1971-1979, 1983-1987

Clio, AL
Lurleen Burns Wallace 1967–1968

Died in Office

Clayton, AL
Jere Beasley June 5 - July 7, 1972 Clayton, AL

Timeline

Date Event Source
1820 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1832 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1833 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1838 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1840 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1881 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1840 12,024
1850 23,632
1860 30,812
1870 29,309
1880 33,797
1890 34,898
1900 35,152
1910 32,728
1920 32,067
1930 32,425
1940 32,722
1950 28,892
1960 24,700
1970 22,543
1980 24,756
1990 25,417

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