This County, created by Act of the Legislature August 17, 1905, is officially named for Nelson Tift, well known businessman, legislator and Mayor of Albany. The organizers also had in mind his nephew Henry Harding Tift, who founded Tifton in 1872 when he built a sawmill and commissary here though the first postoffice was not established until 1887. Among the first County Officers were: Sheriff J.B. Baker, Ordinary W.S. Walker, Clerk J.E. Peoples, Tax Receiver J.A. Marchant, Tax Collector J. Henry Hutchinson, Treasurer S. F. Overstreet, Coroner J.E. Johns and Surveyor J.T. Webb.