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Goodbye Nelson, hello Henry. Tift County gets a new namesake

TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Georgia lawmakers rewrite the history books. After 108 years, Tift County has a new namesake.

The historical marker at the courthouse says the county was named after Nelson Tift. He founded Albany, but he never lived in the area that bears his name.

His nephew Henry Tift did. In fact, he founded Tifton. Tuesday, the state Senate passed a resolution that proclaims Tift County is now named in honor of Henry Tift.

Bill Wells published a book on the history of Tifton. He proposed the idea in 2005, the county's centennial. Wells said, "I just thought it was very appropriate that the Tift family is still here, many of them. And I just thought it would be nice to have the county named for who founded it."

The resolution already passed the House. It was introduced by Representative Jay Roberts of Ocilla whose district covers part of the county now named after Henry Tift.

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