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This Day in Georgia History

August 07, 1920

Lanier County Proposed

Gov. Hugh Dorsey signed a proposed constitutional amendment to create Lanier County (named for Georgia poet Sidney Lanier) from portions of Berrien, Clinch, and Lowndes counties. Because the maximum number of counties allowed by the state constitution - 145 - had already been exceeded, creation of any additional counties required a constitutional amendment. On Nov. 2, 1920, state voters approved the amendment making Lanier Georgia’s 157th county.

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