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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.