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This Day in Georgia History

March 16, 1861

Georgia Ratified Confederate Constitution

In Savannah, delegates to Georgia’s secession convention unanimously ratified the proposed Confederate Constitution adopted five days earlier by the Confederate Congress. One of the delegates, Thomas R.R. Cobb, had been the principal author of the Confederate Constitutioin. On the same day, convention delegates voted to instruct the Committee on Constitution and Laws, chaired by Cobb, to revise Georgia’s state constitution. Cobb, however, already had drafted a new state constitution.