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January 11, 1850 Howell Cobb elected Speaker of the House over Robert C. Winthrop of Massachusetts by a vote of 102 to 99 on the 63rd ballot
February 6, 1850 Georgia agrees to send delegates to the Nashville Convention
February 13, 1850 Gordon County created
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Gordon County, Georgia
February 14, 1850 Clinch County created
  Duncan L. (Lamont) Clinch
  Creation of Georgia Counties
  Clinch County, Georgia
February 23, 1850 Atlanta charters its first fire company
March 5, 1850 Louisville and Nashville Railroad chartered in Kentucky.
March 5, 1850 The Louisville & Nashville (L&N) is chartered
March 31, 1850 John Calhoun dies, Washington, D. C. from tuberculosis.
  John C. Calhoun
April 15, 1850 Large fire in Atlanta destroys Augustus Wheat's warehouses, store, and livery stable in the area of Auburn Ave. This precipated the formation of the Atlanta Fire Department
May 9, 1850 First Western & Atlantic train passes through the tunnel at Chetoogeta Mountian, completing the link between Atlanta and Chattanooga
May 24, 1850 Henry Woodfin Grady is born, Athens, Georgia
  Henry Woodfin Grady
June 3, 1850 The Southern Convention, more commonly called the Nashville Convention begins. Lasting 9 days, the convention had been called to unite slaveholders against Northern intrusion, including possible secession. Moderate Democrats prevailed and established a "wait and see" attitude, taking no action.
June 6, 1850 First land lot purchased in what will become Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery
  Oakland Cemetery
July 3, 1850 Diocese of Savannah is established, earliest presence of Catholics in the state (Oglethorpe had banned them).
  City of Savannah, Georgia
July 23, 1850 George Walker Crawford resigns as Secretary of War
August 21, 1850 Upset with the outcome of the Nashville Convention and the passage of the Compromise of 1850, Southern nationals meet in Macon to form the short-lived Southern Rights party
  City of Macon, Georgia
December 6, 1850 The Georgia Platform, which outlined a program of solutions to avoid Southern secession, is passed
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