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This Day in Georgia History

January 21, 1854

Fannin County Created

Gov. Herschel Johnson signed an act creating Fannin County as Georgia’s 107th county. Created from portions of Gilmer and Union counties, the new county was named for Col. James Fannin. Fannin, a Georgian, had gone to Texas in the mid 1830s to help Texas win its independence from Mexico. In 1836, his regiment was captured at Goliad, with every man then killed by the Mexican Army.

Image of Fannin County Created View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government