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1 City (1990 pop. 48,761), seat of Morgan co., N Ala., on the Tennessee River; inc. 1826. It has shipyards, port traffic, and diverse industries, including steel manufacturing. The city has thrived on power supplied by the Tennessee Valley AuthorityTennessee Valley Authority
(TVA), independent U.S. government corporate agency, created in 1933 by act of Congress; it is responsible for the integrated development of the Tennessee River basin.
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. A settlement there incorporated in 1820 as Rhodes Ferry was chartered in 1826 and renamed in honor of naval hero Stephen DecaturDecatur, Stephen
, 1779–1820, American naval officer, b. Sinepuxent, near Berlin, Md.; son of a naval officer, Stephen Decatur. After joining the U.S. navy in 1798, he rose to fame in the Tripolitan War.
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. During the Civil War, Decatur was continually raided by Union forces; two houses and the imposing state bank (1832) survive. The huge Browns Ferry nuclear power plant and a national wildlife refuge are nearby. The present city was formed (1927) by the union of Decatur and Albany (formerly New Decatur).

2 City (1990 pop. 17,336), seat of DeKalb co., NW Ga., a residential suburb of Atlanta; inc. 1823. Some light industry is there. The city was named for the U.S. war hero Stephen DecaturDecatur, Stephen
, 1779–1820, American naval officer, b. Sinepuxent, near Berlin, Md.; son of a naval officer, Stephen Decatur. After joining the U.S. navy in 1798, he rose to fame in the Tripolitan War.
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. Agnes Scott College and Columbia Theological Seminary are there. Carved on the side of nearby Stone Mountain, in a memorial park, are the figures of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis (see Stone Mountain MemorialStone Mountain Memorial,
memorial to the Confederacy, consisting of the equestrian figures of Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, and Jefferson Davis carved on the northern face of Stone Mt., a granite dome 650 ft (198 m) high in NW Ga., NE of Atlanta.
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3 City (1990 pop. 83,885), seat of Macon co., central Ill., on the Sangamon River (dammed there to form Lake Decatur); inc. 1839. A railroad and industrial center in a fertile farm and livestock area, Decatur has railroad repair shops and huge plants for processing corn and soybeans. Other manufactures include transportation and mining equipment and machinery. Coal deposits underlie the area. Of interest are the Lincoln Log Cabin Courthouse, where Abraham Lincoln practiced law; Lincoln Square, where he received his first endorsement for the presidential nomination; and the city library, with its Lincoln collection. The site of Lincoln's first home in Illinois is in a state park nearby. The Grand Army of the RepublicGrand Army of the Republic
(GAR), organization established by Civil War veterans of the Union army and navy. Principal figures in the founding of the GAR were John A. Logan and Richard J. Oglesby. The first post was formed (Apr. 6, 1866) at Decatur, Ill.
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 was organized in Decatur in Apr., 1866. Millikin Univ. is in the city.

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In addition to being a music and sports fan, he also is an avid food and craft beer enthusiast, making Decatur "the perfect place to be.
Decatur State Bank and Grand Savings Bank retained their names in the aftermath.
Decatur First Bank operates as Decatur First Bank in Decatur, as Bank of Morgan County in Madison, and as Lake Oconee Community Bank at Lake Oconee.
Decatur Electronics will market and distribute its Pocket ID2 drug detection scanner in the US and global markets.
Following the arrival of the USS Decatur in Chennai, U.
The workers filed a complaint under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA); Decatur moved to dismiss the case, but the district court denied the motion.
As Decatur rose in prominence and stature, Allison makes an interesting connection between Decatur and the development of professionalism within the navy.
Some weeks before, Decatur, commanding the Enterprize, and Preble, commanding the Constitution, had captured an enemy ship--a Tripolitan "ketch," which is a fairly small, two-masted sailing ship.
Accomplished historian and author James de Kay captures the essence of an age, as well as the spirit of a man, in his biography of Commodore Stephen Decatur.
And so the Decatur House changes are continuing as planned.
Tom Keating started the Project Clean campaign from Decatur, Ga.
A fire wiped them out, leaving the land to weeds, until the railroad line from Springfield to Decatur made the town a loading point.