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This Day in Georgia History

December 14, 1861

New State Seal Ordered

Although Georgia’s great seal then in use contained no reference to the United States, Art. 3, Sec. 2, Par. 9 of the Constitution of 1861 directed that the General Assembly to “by law cause the great seal to be altered.” Accordingly, Gov. Joseph E. Brown signed an act appointing two commissioners to work with the Secretary of State in preparing a new state seal. Interestingly, the legislation contained no instructions as to the new seal’s design or wording - leaving the matter entirely to the three officials.

Image of New State Seal Ordered View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government