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This Day in Georgia History

February 25, 1784

Washington County Created

Gov. John Houstoun signed legislation setting aside a total of 40,000 acres from a large area ceded by the Creeks in the Treaty of Augusta (May 31, 1783) and by the Cherokees in a duplicate Treaty of Augusta (Nov. 1, 1783). From the 40,000 acres of ceded land, the legislature created two new counties. Washington County Georgia’s 10th, was named for Revolutionary War hero, Gen. George Washington.

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Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government