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This Day in Georgia History

July 31, 1906

Ben Hill County Proposed

Gov. Joseph Terrell approved a joint resolution of the General Assembly proposing a constitutional amendment to create Ben Hill County. Because there were then 145 counties - the maximum allowed by the Georgia Constitution then in effect - the creation of Ben Hill County would first require approval of a constitutional amendment to exceed that limit. The new county was to be created from portions of Irwin and Wilcox counties and was named for former U.S. and Confederate senator Benjamin H. Hill. On Nov. 6, 1906, voters approved the constitutional amendment making Ben Hill Georgia’s 146th county.

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Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government