This Day in Georgia History
October 12, 1741
New Scheme of Government for Colony
A new scheme of government for the colony of Georgia went into effect. Earlier the Trustees had divided the colony into two new counties - Savannah and Frederica. Each county would be governed by a president and four assistants. While naming Frederica’s officials was delayed until the Trustees could communicate with James Oglethorpe, they had gone ahead and named William Stephens and four assistants to govern the colony of Savannah, which included all of Georgia north of Darien. On Oct. 12, Stephens and his assistants met and assumed powers delegated by the Trustees.