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This Day in Georgia History

January 23, 1861

Georgia Congressional Delegation Resigned

Except for Joshua Hill, all of Georgia’s members of the U.S. House of Representatives signed a letter to the Speaker of the House announcing that they were no longer members of that body, since Georgia had withdrawn from the Union and had repealed the 1788 ordinance ratifying the U.S. Constitution. Hill withdrew by sending the Speaker a letter of resignation on the grounds that Georgians no longer wished to be represented in Congress. Because Georgia’s senators had resigned earlier, this left the state without any representation in Congress.

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Source: Harper's Weekly