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This Day in Georgia History

July 21, 1868

14th Amendment Ratified

The combination Atlanta City Hall-Fulton County Courthouse had a third function. Following the designation of Atlanta as Georgia’s new state capitol, the city hall-courthouse served as temporary state capitol until a suitable statehouse could be built. Here, on July 21, the Georgia General Assembly adopted a joint resolution ratifying the 14th Amendment, a requirement imposed by Congress on June 25, 1868, as a condition for readmission to the Union. A voice vote on the resolution was taken in the House, where it reportedly won by a large majority. In the Senate, the vote was 27 - 14, with 3 members not voting. As it turned out, Georgia’s July 21 ratification of the 14th Amendment did not automatically mean the seating of Georgia’s congressional delegation or the end of Reconstruction.