You thought that Christopher Columbus was only famous for discovering America. In 1808 Columbus County was founded and named after the famous navigator, explorer and one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas, Christopher Columbus, himself. The county seat of Columbus County is Whiteville. Columbus County covers an area of 954 square miles and was taken from portions of Bladen County and Brunswick County.
Nine townships make up the county of Columbus and located within Columbus County are twelve towns or cities which include Boardman, Bolton, Brunswick, Cerro Gordo, Chadbourn, Evergreen, Fair Bluff, Lake Waccamaw, Nakina, Riegelwood, Tabor City and Whiteville, the latter being the largest town within the county.
Columbus County has been the birthplace of several known politicians; Born on December 25, 1869 in Cerro Gordo, Julius Robert Williamson was the North Carolina House of Representative in 1913. Born on September 9, 1887 in Whiteville, NC, Walter H. Powell who served as a member of the NC House of Representatives in 1919, NC state senate in 1931 and 1935. Arthur W. Williamson born on November 6th, 1912 in Cerro Gordo, served as a North Carolina state senate for the10th District from 1955 to 1959. Born on July 21st, 1934 in Chadbourn, NC Ed Towns who served as a US Representative from New York in 1983-2003.