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This Day in Georgia History

August 14, 1920

Brantley and Long Counties Created

Gov. Hugh Dorsey signed proposed constitutional amendments creating Brantley County (named for William Gordon Brantley) from portions of Charlton, Pierce, and Wayne counties, and Long County (named for Dr. Crawford Long, who pioneered the use of anesthesia in surgery) from portions of Liberty County. Because the maximum number of counties allowed by the state constitution - 145 - had already been exceeded, creation of any additional counties required a constitutional amendment. On Nov. 2, 1920, voters of the state approved the amendments making Brantley and Long Georgia’s 158th and 159th counties.