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This Day in Georgia History

August 17, 1920

Lamar County Proposed

Gov. Hugh Dorsey signed a proposed constitutional amendment creating Lamar County from portions of Monroe and Pike counties. The county was named for former congressman, U.S. senator, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, and justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar. 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.The amendment was ratified by state voters on Nov. 2, 1920, making Lamar Georgia’s 160th county.

Image of Lamar County Proposed View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government