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This Day in Georgia History

November 21, 1860

Secession Convention Act Signed

Following the Nov. 6 election of Abraham Lincoln as President, Gov. Joseph E. Brown signed an act calling for a secession convention in Georgia. According to the legislation, on the first Wednesday in January 1861, elections would be held throughout the state to elect delegates to the convention, which would convene in Milledgeville on Jan. 16, 1861.