About This Place
Lumpkin is a city in, and the county seat of, Stewart County, Georgia, United States. The population was 1,369 at the 2000 census.
This area of Georgia was inhabited by indigenous Native Americans for thousands of years before European contact. Historical tribes who encountered European Americans as their settlements encroached on traditional territory included Cherokee, Choctaw and Creek. During the Indian Removal of 1830, such tribes were moved west of the Mississippi River to Indian Territory, to make way for European American settlement.
Lumpkin was incorporated by European Americans on March 30, 1829. It was formerly the seat of Randolph County, but became the seat of Stewart County when it split from Randolph in 1830. The city was named in honor of Wilson Lumpkin, a two-term governor of Georgia and legislator who supported Indian Removal. His namesake county is at the eastern end of the state.