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This Day in Georgia History

November 03, 1914

Four Counties Created

Georgia voters ratified four constitutional amendments creating Barrow, Candler, Bacon, and Evans counties. The constitutional amendments were necessary because Georgia’s constitution then limited the number of counties to 145. A single constitutional amendment could have been offered simply to raise the 145-county limit to 152. However, the General Assembly preferred to leave the limit in place and simply require a constitutional amendment for each new county over the 145-limit. Barrow County, Georgia’s 149th, was created from portions of Gwinnett, Jackson, and Walton counties and named for University of Georgia chancellor David C. Barrow. Candler County, Georgia’s 150th, was created from portions of Bulloch, Emanuel, and Tattnall counties and named for former governor Allen Candler (1898-1902). Bacon County, Georgia’s 151st, was created from portions of Appling, Pierce, and Ware counties and named for former U.S. senator Augustus Octavious Bacon. Evans County, Georgia’s 152nd, was created from portions of Bulloch and Tattnall counties and named for Confederate general Clement Evans.