The Town of Quitman is a pioneer town with history that goes back to 1850 when it was founded. At that time it was established as the County Seat of Wood County. Quitman was incorporated as a Type A General Law City in 1941. History accounts relate that it received it’s name from John A. Quitman, who as a governor of Mississippi at one time and a prominent figure in the Mexican War. In the early years agriculture served as the principal economic motivator of the area; and, Quitman experienced significant activity as a service center for farmers of the area. As was the case with many rural communities, the Great Depression brought a severe economic decline to the community.
However, during the World War II era oil was discovered in the area and boosted the economy. The Great Depression had a severe effect on the population; however in recent years the creation of nearby recreational lakes has added to the economic vitality of the City. Mirroring the economic pattern of the era, Quitman experienced a decline in population during the years of the Great Depression and World War II.
From 1960-2000, Quitman experienced steady growth with the 2000 Census recording 2,020 people. The 2010 Census shows the population to be 1,809.
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