Lamar County was created by Act of State Assembly August 17, 1920. It was named for Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, lawyer, Colonel in the Confederate Army, U.S. Senator, Secretary of the Interior and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. The first officers of Lamar County included: B.H. Hardy, Ordinary; S.J. Childers, Clerk of Court; Z.T. Elliott, Sheriff; E. Luther Butler, Tax Receiver; Gus Smith, Tax Collector; W. C. Jordan, Treasurer; B.K. Crouch, Coroner; Roger H. Taylor, Surveyor; J.F. Redding, Judge; Mrs. Mattie Barnes, School Supt.; H.M. Johnson, E.O. Dobbs, H. J. Kennedy, Solicitors.