Candler County was created by an Act of the Georgia Legislature July 17, 1914,out of portions of Bulloch, Emanuel and Tattnall Counties, and named for Gov. Allen D. Candler (1834-1910). Gov. Candler is famed for the preservation of Colonial and Confederate records and being the first compiler of State records. Among the first officers of Candler County were Ordinary George R. Trapnell, Sheriff Charles M. Harpen, Superior Court Clerk Joshua Everett, Tax Receiver O.L. Patterson, Tax Collector G.B. Hendricks, Surveyor J.D. McLean, Coroner T.D. Joiner and Treasurer Morgan Holloway.