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This Day in Georgia History

January 10, 1870

1870 General Assembly Convened

In Atlanta, the 1870 session of Georgia General Assembly convened in the Kimball Opera House (which served as Georgia’s state capitol from 1869-1889). Pursuant to a Dec. 22, 1869 act of Congress, black legislators who had been expelled in September 1868 [see Sept. 3 entry for more information] were reseated. On Feb. 2, 1870, the General Assembly ratified the 15th Amendment, and on July 15, Pres. Ulysses Grant signed an act restoring Georgia’s representation in Congress.