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This Day in Georgia History

November 04, 1802

John Milledge Sworn In

John Milledge was sworn in as Georgia governor. Born in Savannah in 1757, he was elected governor by the General Assembly in 1802 and served two two-year terms. During his administration, the legislature voted to change the state capital from Louisville to a new site in newly created Baldwin County. The new capital city was named Milledgeville in honor of Gov. Milledge. Prior to his terms as governor, Milledge had served four terms in the U.S. House (1792-93, 1795-99, and 1801-02). After his last term as governor, he served in the U.S. Senate (1806-09). Milledge died near Augusta on Feb. 9, 1818.

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Source: Photo: Ed Jackson