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Long before Harris County came into existence, the area played an important part of Creek Indian affairs. William McIntosh played an important role in the affairs of Georgia. He was the son of British Army officer and cousin of Georgia Governor George M. Troup. McIntosh, from Creek Indian decent, rose from obscurity and became leader of the Lower Creek Indians. He was awarded the rank of Brigadier General in the U.S. Army due to his friendly demeanor toward the Americans during the War of 1812. McIntosh’s greatest service to Georgia was his influence in getting the Lower Creek Indians to assent to the famous treaty of Indian Springs during 1825 which opened land for settlement which became Muscogee County and later a part of Harris County. By the Treaty of Indian Springs, Indian lands were ceded to Georgia and the Creek Indians moved across the Chattahoochee River to Alabama.