On this day in Alabama history: Morgan County got its name

On this day in Alabama history: Morgan County got its name
Map of Alabama, published in 1820. (John Melish, Library of Congress, Geography and Map Division)

June 14, 1821

When Morgan County was created by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly in 1818, it preceded Alabama’s statehood by almost two years. The county was created from land acquired from the Cherokee Indians by the 1818 Treaty of Turkeytown. Settlers came mostly from Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and the Carolinas. The county originally was named Cotaco for a creek that flows through it. Some of the early towns were Flint, Danville, Bluff City, Decatur and Hartselle. On June 14, 1821, the name was changed to Morgan County in honor of Gen. Daniel Morgan of Virginia, who fought in the American Revolution. The county seat was at Somerville from 1818 until 1891, when it was moved to Decatur.

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