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This Day in Georgia History

December 16, 1861

Married Women Allowed Limited Bank Accounts

Until this day, Georgia law prohibited a wife from having a bank account separate from her husband. However, this was changed when Gov. Joseph E. Brown signed an act allowing married women to have their own bank accounts so long as the total deposited was less than $1,000. In 1866, the law was amended to double the amount a wife could have in her own account.