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Phillip Tutor: The malignancy of an Alabama county’s name

Calhoun portrait

A portrait of John C. Calhoun hangs in the foyer of the Calhoun County Courthouse. (Kirsten Fiscus/The Anniston Star)

In its 187 years our county has had two names, Benton and Calhoun, and both stink. But it didn’t have to be this way.

Alabama’s 67-county roster offers hints of the possible. Benjamin Franklin loaned his name to Franklin County. Bibb County took its name from the state’s first governor. St. Clair County memorializes the president of the Continental Congress. 

Phillip Tutor — — is a Star columnist. Follow him at