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January 14, 1796 Responding to public pressure, almost all legislators who profited from the Yazoo Land Act are removed from office. U.S. Senator James Jackson, now a member of the state legislature, convenes the so-called "Reform Legislature"
  James Jackson
  Yazoo Land Fraud
January 15, 1796 Jared Irwin begins term as governor
  Governors of Georgia, 1733-1800
January 22, 1796 Report of the Yazoo Land Fraud presented to the Reform Legislature
  Yazoo Land Fraud
January 23, 1796 Augusta is two feet under water after the Savannah River leaves its banks
  City of Augusta, Georgia
February 8, 1796 Bulloch County created
  Archibald Bulloch
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Bulloch County, Georgia
February 11, 1796 Jackson County created
  James Jackson
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Jackson County, Georgia
February 13, 1796 Gov. Irwin signs a bill rescinding the Yazoo Land Act. It will take 6 years and a landmark Supreme Court ruling for the state to settle claims resulting from this legislation
  Yazoo Land Fraud
February 13, 1796 Georgia legislature establishes a Mayor's Court in Savannah. This would eventually become the County Court.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
February 15, 1796 The Yazoo Land Fraud comes to an end as James Jackson and other expunge the event from Georgia history by buring all records related to the incident on the steps of the capitol, then in Louisville, Georgia. They missed one copy, sent to George Washington.
  James Jackson
  George Washington
February 18, 1796 Act rescinding the Yazoo Land Act becomes law
  Yazoo Land Fraud
February 18, 1796 Under pressure from reformists led by U.S. Senator and Revolutionary War hero James Jackson, the Yazoo Land Act is rescinded.
  James Jackson
  Georgia headright grants
February 20, 1796 Jefferson County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Jefferson County, Georgia
February 20, 1796 Lincoln County created
  Benjamin Lincoln
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Lincoln County, Georgia
February 21, 1796 At the state capital in Louisville, Georgia's reform politicians burn every copy of the Yazoo Land Act except for one sent to General George Washington. It is the only known copy of the act to survive
  Georgia headright grants
April 19, 1796 Nathaniel Twining announces stagecoach service between Savannah and Augusta. It becomes the first successful service between the cities. An earlier attempt, in 1786 failed in less than a year.
  City of Savannah, Georgia
  City of Augusta, Georgia
May 4, 1796 Andrew Ellicott is appointed to determine the boundary line between the United States and Spanish Florida.
June 28, 1796 A conference between Georgia, the United States and the Creek Confederacy at Coleraine on St. Mary's River ends with the Georgia commissioners denouncing the proceeding as a "...fraud on the state"
  Creek Indians
June 29, 1796 Treaty of Coleraine
July 20, 1796 John Houstoun dies, near Savannah
  Savannah, Georgia births and deaths
  John Houstoun, Patriot
August 3, 1796 Point Peter (sometimes spelled Pointe Petre) is completed, St. Mary's, Georgia
  Camden County, Georgia
September 16, 1796 Andrew Ellicott leaves leaves Philadelphia to begin the survey of the Florida-Georgia border, as agreed to in the Pinckney Treaty of 1795. Rather than sail south along the coast, Ellicott heads west to the Ohio River which he will take to New Orleans.
November 6, 1796 Nathan Brownson died at his home in Liberty County near the town of Riceboro. He is buried at the Old Midway Cemetery.
  Liberty County, Georgia
December 15, 1796 Anthony Wayne dies on a return trip to Philadelphia.
  'Mad' Anthony Wayne
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