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This Day in Georgia History

July 27, 1914

Bacon County Proposed

To view the Bacon County historical marker, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Governor John Slaton approved legislation proposing a constitutional amendment to create Bacon County from portions of Appling, Pierce, and Ware counties. The new county was named for four-term U.S. Senator Augustus O. Bacon. Creation of the county by constitutional amendment was necessary because the state constitution then in effect prescribed a maximum of 145 counties. However, beginning in 1906, the General Assembly began getting around this constitutional limitation by amending the constitution to allow additional counties. By 1914, five constitutional amendments had added five counties beyond the 145-county limit. On Nov. 3 1914, Georgia voters approved a sixth amendment making Bacon Georgia’s 151st county.

Image of Bacon County Proposed View large image
Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government