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This Day in Georgia History

May 21, 1936

Rural Electrification Act Signed

President Roosevelt signed the Rural Electrification Act of 1936. He directly attributed this legislation to a 1924 visit to Georgia for treatment of his polio at Warm Springs. Staying at a small cottage, Roosevelt couldn’t believe it when he saw his first month’s power bill. Residents of Warm Springs were being charged approximately four times the rate per kilowatt-hour as charged in New York. Roosevelt credited this shocking discovery as the reason he became interested in power rates and the need to provide electricity to rural America.