New namesake for Tift County

It’s not exactly the Hatfields and McCoys, but the Tifts of Tift County finally have the right man.

House Resolution 281 formally recognizes Tift County’s namesake as Henry Harding Tift. Henry Tift was an entrepreneur, philanthropist and mayor of Tifton who played a key role in the area eventually organized into Tift County in 1905.

The recognition, given final passage Tuesday by the state Senate, corrects historical records. It originally was not Henry Tift but his uncle, Nelson Tift, who was considered Tift County’s namesake. The problem? Nelson Tift never lived in Tift County but was from Dougherty County instead.

HR 281 passed the Senate unanimously. It passed the House unanimously last month.