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This Day in Georgia History

March 15, 1733

Trustees Recognized Anniversary

Georgia’s Trustees met and formally recognized the initial “anniversary” of Georgia. Georgia’s Charter of 1732 directed the trustees named in that document to meet the third Tuesday of March 1733 to elect additional members of the Trustees as well as the Common Council (which served as a type of executive board) in order to create a full board and council, and to meet on the third Tuesday of each future March to elect replacements as needed. Presumably having misread the actual day specified in the Charter, the Trustees instead met on the third Thursday of 1733 - a mistake thereafter repeated each year. In any event, the Trustees celebrated the third Thursday of each March as a special day and customarily assembled in a church for a sermon to mark the event.