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This Day in Georgia History

February 20, 1854

Calhoun County Created

Gov. Herschel Johnson signed legislation creating Calhoun County as Georgia’s 112th county. Created from portions of Baker and Early counties, the new county was named for former U.S. senator, vice president, and ardent advocate of states rights John C. Calhoun of South Carolina. Calhoun also had Georgia ties. After gold was discovered in Daholonega in 1828, he purchased one of the first gold mines near the new gold-rush town of Auraria. Calhoun’s son-in-law, Thomas Clemson, operated the mine and later used some of the proceeds to fund creation of Clemson University. Calhoun also owned a hotel in Auraria.

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