This Day in Georgia History
December 20, 1851
Polk and Spalding Counties Created
Gov. Howell Cobb signed legislation creating Polk and Spalding counties. Polk County, Georgia’s 96th, was created from portions of Floyd and Paulding counties and named for former president James K. Polk. Spalding County, Georgia’s 97th, was created from portions of Fayette, Henry, and Pike counties and named for early Georgia planter and state legislator Thomas Spalding.