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This Day in Georgia History

August 18, 1919

Board of Public Welfare Created

Gov. Hugh Dorsey signed legislation creating a Board of Public Welfare with responsibility for inspecting county jails and state or local institutions “which are an eleemosynary, charitable, correctional or reformatory character, or which are for the care, custody or training of the orphaned, defective, dependent, delinquent or criminal classes” and making an annual report to the governor. On the same day, Dorsey signed companion legislation creating the Community Service Commission, which was entrusted with a broad range of powers - from investigating “all problems of reconstruction and matters involving the general public welfare” to helping secure employment for returning soldiers and sailors.