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January 1, 1842 The state asks former U. S. Senator and Governor Wilson Lumpkin to become disbursing agent for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Lumpkin accepts.
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
January 9, 1842 DeKalb County Courthouse burns.
  DeKalb County, Georgia
February 3, 1842 Sidney Clopton Lanier born, Macon, Georgia
  City of Macon, Georgia
  Sidney Lanier
March 30, 1842 Crawford Long performs the first surgery on a patient under the influence of anesthesia.
July 11, 1842 A portion of Land Lot 77 is donated by Samuel Mitchell for use by the Western and Atlantic Railroad. These 5 acres, known at the time as "State Square" are now part of Underground Atlanta and the site of the 0 mile marker for the W&ARR
  Atlanta, Georgia (through 1900)
  Western and Atlantic Railroad
September 13, 1842 John Hollis Bankhead born, Moscow, Alabama
  John Hollis Bankhead
December 23, 1842 Terminus (other names: Whitehall, Canebreak) incorporated as Marthasville
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