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This Day in Georgia History

October 23, 1871

Rufus Bullock Resigned

Georgia Republican governor Rufus Bullock submitted his resignation from office to Georgia’s secretary of state. After Georgia’s readmission to the Union and the removal of federal troops in 1870, Georgia voters had elected large Democratic majorities to both houses of the legislature in the Dec. 1870 election. Many members of the new House of Representatives had pledged to impeach Bullock for his actions during Reconstruction. Rather than face impeachment, Bullock resigned one week before the new General Assembly convened and fled the state. However, his resignation was kept secret until Oct. 30, the day it became effective. [See Oct. 30 entry.]