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January 12, 1872 James Milton Smith begins term as governor of Georgia
  Governors of Georgia, 1801-1900
April 9, 1872 The dispute over the boundary between Georgia and Florida, which had been waged for 72 years, is laid to rest by a act passed by the U. S. Congress
June 17, 1872 An intensity V (Modified Mercalli scale) earthquake strikes Milledgeville, Georgia
  Earthquakes that have struck Georgia
July 27, 1872 George Walker Crawford dies, Richmond County (near Augusta)
August 24, 1872 Athens, Georgia receives a charter as a city
August 24, 1872 Macon and Western merges with the Central Railroad and Banking Company to form Central of Georgia Railroad
  City of Macon, Georgia
October 7, 1872 Clockworks arrive in Rome, Georgia for the water tower on Neely Hill. The 9' diameter clock face will become a source of pride for the city's inhabitants. (more on Rome's Clock Tower)
  Rome, Georgia
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