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This Day in Georgia History

August 15, 1917

Atkinson County Proposed

Gov. Hugh Dorsey signed a proposed constitutional amendment creating Atkinson County (named for former Georgia governor William Y. Atkinson) from portions of Clinch and Coffee 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.The amendment was ratified by state voters on Nov. 5, 1918, making Atkinson Georgia’s 153rd county.

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