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This Day in Georgia History

August 18, 1905

Four Counties Created

Gov. Joseph Terrell signed acts creating four new Georgia counties. Jeff Davis County, Georgia’s 142nd, was created from areas of Appling and Coffee counties and named for former Confederate president Jefferson Davis. Stephens County, Georgia’s 143rd, was created from areas of Habersham and Franklin counties and named for former governor Alexander Stephens. Toombs County, Georgia’s 144th, was created from areas of Tattnall, Montgomery, and Emanuel counties and named for former congressman, U.S. senator and secessionist Robert Toombs. Turner County, Georgia’s 145th, was created from areas of Irwin, Wilcox, Dooly, and Worth counties and named for former congressman and Georgia Supreme Court justice Henry G. Turner. Because a 1904 constitutional amendment set the maximum number of counties in the state at 145, no new counties could be created in the future without amending Georgia’s constitution.