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This Day in Georgia History

October 20, 1839

Augustus Octavious Bacon Born

To read speeches by Bacon, see the Digital Library of Georgia.

Lawyer and veteran politician Augustus Octavius Bacon was born in Bryan County, Georgia (although he ultimately made his home in Macon). After graduating from the University of Georgia with undergraduate and law degrees, he began the practice of law in Atlanta in 1860. Bacon became involved in politics after serving in the Confederate army during the Civil War. He served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 1871-1883, eventually rising to the prominent position of Speaker of the House. Bacon was elected to the U.S. Senate, serving from 1895 until his death in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 14, 1914. Following his death, the Georgia General Assembly passed an act creating Bacon County, which Gov. John Slaton signed into law on Nov. 3, 1914.