This Day in Georgia History
December 10, 1812
Randolph County Renamed Jasper County
Gov. Mitchell signed an act changing the name of Randolph County to Jasper County. The action came in response to Virginia congressman John Randolph’s opposition to the War of 1812 (though eventually he was forgiven and in 1828 would be recognized by having another new Georgia county named in his honor). Jasper County was named for Revolutionary War hero Sgt. William Jasper, who during the siege of Savannah was mortally wounded while retrieving his regiment’s flag from the British.