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This Day in Georgia History

December 14, 1827

Four Counties Created

Gov. John Forsyth signed legislation creating Meriwether, Harris, Talbot, and Marion counties. Meriwether County, Georgia’s 71st, was created from portions of Troup County and named for former congressman and Indian commissioner David Meriwether. Harris County, Georgia’s 72nd, was created from portions of Muscogee and Troup counties and named for Savannah mayor Charles Harris. Talbot County, Georgia’s 73rd, was created from portions of Muscogee County and named for Gov. Matthew Talbot. Marion County, Georgia’s 74th, was created from portions of Lee and Muscogee counties and named for Revolutionary War hero Gen. Francis Marion.