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January 1, 1788 Before signing the letter of ratification, John King and Henry Osborne propose that the Constitution and the ratification by Congress be added to the document. The Convention agrees and returns the document to the committee.
  Augusta Convention
January 2, 1788 Delegates to the Augusta Convention sign the letter of ratification, making Georgia the fourth state to ratify the Constitution of the United States. It was the first state in the Deep South to do so.
  Augusta Convention
  Georgia, the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution
  City of Augusta, Georgia
January 20, 1788 First African Baptist Church founded, Savannah, Georgia. It is the first African-American church in the United States.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
January 26, 1788 George Handley begins term as governor
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
January 30, 1788 The Georgia assembly gives Governor Handley the power to call a convention to rewrite its state constitution to fit with the new Federal system.
February 1, 1788 Patent for steamboat issued to Briggs and Longstreet of Savannah
  City of Savannah, Georgia
February 3, 1788 John Reynolds, first royal governor of Georgia, died after suffering a stroke
March 9, 1788 Jonathan Bryan dies at his plantation near Savannah.
October 6, 1788 Georgia is notified that 9 states have accepted the National Constitution. Governor Handly calls for the legislature to convene in Augusta to prepare a new state constitution
November 1, 1788 Samuel Elbert dies, Savannah, Georgia
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  Samuel Elbert
November 4, 1788 The convention to rewrite the Georgia state constitution meets
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