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This Day in Georgia History

October 09, 1782

Lewis Cass Born

Lewis Cass was born in Michigan. He later became governor of Michigan, and then U.S. Senator from that state. After the outbreak of the Civil War, Cass became a strong proponent of the Union cause. That, coupled with the death of Col. Francis Bartow at the First Battle of Manassas (Bull Run), led the Georgia General Assembly on Dec. 6, 1861, to rename Cass County as Bartow County.