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This Day in Georgia History

July 30, 1918

Cook County Proposed

Gov. Hugh Dorsey approved a joint resolution of the General Assembly proposing a constitutional amendment creating Cook County. [The amendment was necessary because of a constitutional limit of 145 counties, meaning any additional counties had to be authorized through constitutional amendment.] The proposed new county was to be created from portions of Berrien County and was named for Gen. Philip Cook, who served as Georgia congressman and secretary of state. On Nov. 5, 1918, voters ratified the amendment creating Georgia’s 155th county.

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