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This Day in Georgia History

January 11, 1983

Joe Frank Harris First Inauguration

Former state representative and Cartersville native Joe Frank Harris was inaugurated for his first term as governor. He would serve two consecutive four-year terms (1983-1991). Harris is probably best remembered for enactment of Georgia’s Quality Basic Education Act and helping Atlanta’s winning bid for the 1996 Olympics.

To view an image of Joe Frank Harris’ campaign material, see the Georgia Archives