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This Day in Georgia History

January 13, 1868

Meade Removed Jenkins

Third Military District commanding general George Meade removed Georgia provisional governor Charles Jenkins and provisional treasurer John Jones from office for their failure to honor his instructions to issue $40,000 from Georgia’s state treasury to cover the cost of the Reconstruction constitutional convention then meeting in Atlanta. Meade’s order named U.S. Brig. Gen. Thomas Ruger as Georgia’s new governor. Ruger served as provisional governor until July 4, 1868, when Rufus Bullock briefly held the position. Jenkins responded to his removal by taking $400,000 from the state treasury and depositing it in New York to secure the state’s debt. Jenkins also took Georgia’s state seal to Halifax, Nova Scotia so that provisional state officials would not have a seal to authenticate legislative acts and other official documents. The third thing Jenkins did after fleeing Georgia was to file suit in the U.S. Supreme Court charging that Gen. Meade, Thomas Ruger, and others had illegally seized state property.