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This Day in Georgia History

December 22, 1857

Three Counties Created

Gov. Joseph E. Brown signed legislation creating Schley, White, and Wilcox counties as, respectively, Georgia’s 124th, 125th, and 126th counties. Schley County, Georgia’s 124th, was created from portions of Marion and Sumter counties and named for former governor William Schley. White County, Georgia’s 125th, was created from portions of Habersham County and named for Newton County state representative David T. White, who helped get the legislation creating White County passed. Wilcox County, Georgia’s 126th, was created from portions of Dooly, Irwin, and Pulaski counties and named for Gen. Mark Wilcox, who served in the General Assembly and helped get a constitutional amendment passed to create the Georgia Supreme Court.