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This Day in Georgia History

July 19, 1904

Number of Counties to be Limited

Gov. Joseph Terrell signed an act of the General Assembly proposing a constitutional amendment to limit the number of counties in Georgia to 145. Previously, the Constitution of 1877 had provided that no new counties could be created in excess of the 137 then in existence. Georgia voters ratified the constitutional amendment on Oct. 5, 1904. This then meant that the General Assembly could create up to eight more counties - which it did at the 1905 session.