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This Day in Georgia History

March 23, 1861

Secession Convention Adopted New State Constitution, Then Adjourned

Meeting in Savannah, Georgia’s Secession Convention adopted a proposed new state constitution for Georgia - the Constitution of 1861. The convention voted to submit the constitution to the public for ratification on the first Tuesday in July (which marked the first time Georgia voters were allowed to vote on the state constitution). Following this action, the convention adjourned.