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This Day in Georgia History

February 11, 1796

Jackson County Created

Gov. Jared Irwin signed legislation creating Jackson County as Georgia’s 22nd county. Created from portions of Franklin County, the county was named for Georgia militia general, U.S. congressman, U.S. senator, and future Georgia governor James Jackson. In 1795, Jackson resigned his seat in the U.S. Senate to return to Georgia to lead an effort to repeal the scandalous Yazoo Act.

Jackson County Created View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government