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This Day in Georgia History

February 08, 1850

Towns Signed Slavery Resolutions

Gov. George Towns signed two measures relative to the national controversy over the slavery. One was a joint resolution incorporating a lengthy defense of the South’s position and outlining possible responses. The second measure was an act authorizing him to call a convention to respond to the proposed outlawing of slavery in the District of Columbia, admission of California as a free state, the prospect that other territories were about to seek statehood as free states, and fear that slavery would not be allowed in the western territories. Later, delegates were elected and the convention convened in Milledgeville on Dec. 10, 1850.