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This Day in Georgia History

August 25, 1877

New Constitution Approved by Convention

After six weeks of deliberation, delegates at a convention in Atlanta completed work on a new post-Reconstruction constitution for Georgia and approve the Constitution of 1877. On the following Dec. 5, voters of the state ratify the new constitution by almost by a vote of almost three to one.

In their efforts to prevent future abuses such as occurred during Reconstruction, delegates framed the most conservative constitution in the state’s history - one which tightly constrained what state government could do.

To view the Constitution of 1877, see the Georgia Archives.