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This Day in Georgia History

November 02, 1920

Five Counties Created

In the statewide general election, Georgia voters ratified constitutional amendments creating Seminole, Lanier, Brantley, Long, and Lamar counties. Constitutional amendments were necessary because Georgia’s constitution then limited the number of counties in the state to 145. Rather than raise that limit, Georgia lawmakers chose to create additional counties through constitutional amendments for each new county. Seminole County, Georgia’s 156th, was created from portions of Decatur and Early counties and named for the Seminole Indians who once inhabited this area. Lanier County, Georgia’s 157th, was created from portions of Berrien, Clinch, and Lowndes counties and named for Georgia poet Sidney Lanier. Brantley County, Georgia’s 158th, was created from portions of Charlton, Pierce, Wayne counties and named for local leader Benjamin D. Brantley. Long County, Georgia’s 159th, was created from portions of Liberty County and named for anesthesia pioneer Dr. Crawford Long. Lamar County, Georgia’s 160th, was created from portions of Monroe and Pike counties and named for Lucius Quintus Cincinnatus Lamar, a former congressman, U.S. senator, U.S. Secretary of Interior, and U.S. Supreme Court justice.