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Capital: Atlanta

State Nickname: Empire State of the South

State Bird: Brown Thrasher

State Flower: Cherokee Rose

Admitted to the Union: January 2, 1788

 
Governors

January 26, 1788 to January 7, 1789:

George Handley

January 7, 1789 to November 9, 1789:

George Walton

November 9, 1789 to November 7, 1793:

Edward Telfair

November 7, 1793 to January 15, 1796:

George Mathews

January 15, 1796 to January 12, 1798:

Jared Irwin

January 12, 1798 to March 3, 1801:

James Jackson

March 3, 1801 to November 7, 1801:

David Emanuel

November 7, 1801 to November 2, 1802:

Josiah Tattnall, Jr.

November 4, 1802 to September 23, 1806:

John Milledge

September 23, 1806 to November 10, 1809:

Jared Irwin

November 10, 1809 to November 5, 1813:

David B. Mitchell

November 5, 1813 to Novwember 10, 1815:

Peter Early

November 10, 1815 to March 4, 1817:

David B. Mitchell

March 4, 1817 to October 24, 1819:

William Rabun

October 24, 1819 to November 6, 1819:

Matthew Talbot

November 5, 1819 to November 7, 1823:

John Clark

November 7, 1823 to November 7, 1827:

George M. Troup

November 7, 1827 to November 4, 1829:

John Forsyth

November 4, 1829 to November 9, 1831:

George R. Gilmer

November 9, 1831 to November 4, 1835:

Wilson Lumpkin

November 4, 1835 to November 8, 1837:

William Schley

November 8, 1837 to November 6, 1839:

George R. Gilmer

November 6, 1839 to November 8, 1843:

Charles J. McDonald

November 8, 1843 to November 3, 1847:

George W. Crawford

November 3, 1847 to November 5, 1851:

George W. Towns

November 5, 1851 to November 9, 1853:

Howell Cobb

November 9, 1853 to November 6, 1857:

Hershel V. Johnson

November 6, 1857 to June 17, 1865:

Joseph E. Brown

June 17, 1865 to December 14, 1865:

James Johnson

December 14, 1865 to January 13, 1868:

Charles J. Jenkins

January 13, 1868 to July 4, 1868:

General Thomas H. Ruger

July 4, 1868 to October 23, 1871:

Rufus Brown Bullock

October 23, 1871 to January 12, 1872:

Benjamin Conley

January 12, 1872 to January 12, 1877:

James M. Smith

January 12, 1877 to November 4, 1882:

Alfred Holt Colquitt

November 4, 1882 to March 4, 1883:

Alexander H. Stephens

March 5, 1883 to May 10, 1883:

James H. Boynton

May 10, 1883 to November 9, 1886:

Henry D. McDaniel

November 9, 1886 to November 8, 1890:

John B. Gordon

November 8, 1890 to October 27, 1894:

William J. Northern

October 27, 1894 to October 29, 1898:

William Y. Atkinson

October 29, 1898 to October 25, 1902:

Allen D. Candler

October 25, 1902 to June 29, 1907:

Jospeh M. Terrell

June 29, 1907 to June 26, 1909:

Hoke Smith

June 26, 1909 to July 1, 1911:

Joseph M. Brown

July 1, 1911 to November 16, 1911:

Hoke Smith

November 16, 1911 to January 25, 1912:

John M. Slaton

January 25, 1912 to June 28, 1913:

Joseph M. Brown

June 28, 1913 to June 26, 1915:

John M. Slaton

June 26, 1915 to June 30, 1917:

Nathaniel E. Harris

June 30, 1917 to June 25, 1921:

Hugh M. Dorsey

June 25, 1921 to June 30, 1923:

Thomas W. Hardwick

June 30, 1923 to June 25, 1927:

Clifford M. Walker

June 25, 1927 to June 27, 1931:

Lamartine G. Hardman

June 27, 1931 to January 10, 1933:

Richard B. Russell

January 10, 1933 to January 12, 1937:

Eugene Talmadge

January 12, 1937 to January 14, 1941:

Eurith D. Rivers

January 14, 1941 to January 12, 1943:

Eugene Talmadge

January 12, 1943 to January 14, 1947:

Ellis G. Arnall

(Died prior to inauguration)

Eugene Talmadge

January 14, 1947 To March 18, 1947:

Herman E. Talmadge

March 18, 1947 to November 17, 1948:

Melvin E. Thompson

November 17, 1948 to January 11, 1955:

Herman E. Talmadge

January 11, 1955 to January 13, 1959:

S. Marvin Griffin

January 13, 1959 to January 15, 1963:

s. Ernest Vandiver, Jr.

January 15, 1963 to January 10, 1967:

Carl Edward Sanders

January 10, 1967 to January 12, 1971:

Lester G. Maddox

January 12, 1971 to January 14, 1975:

Jimmy Carter

January 14, 1975 to January 11, 1983:

George Busbee

January 11, 1983 to January 14, 1991:

Joe Frank Harris

January 14, 1991 to 1999:

Zell Miller

January 11, 1999 to January 13, 2003

Roy Barnes Roy Barnes

January 13, 2003

Sonny Perdue

 
 
Senators - Class II

March 4, 1789 March 3, 1793

William Few

March 4, 1793 November 16, 1795

James Jackson

November 16, 1795 February 20, 1796

George Walton

February 20, 1796 March 3, 1799

Josiah Tattnall

March 4, 1799 March 4, 1807

Abraham Baldwin

August 27, 1807 November 7, 1807

George Jones

November 7, 1807 March 23, 1813

William H. Crawford

April 8, 1813 November 6, 1813

William Bellinger Bulloch

November 6, 1813 November 9, 1816

William Wyatt Bibb

November 13, 1816 September 23, 1818

George M. Troup

September 23, 1818 February 17, 1819

John Forsyth

November 6, 1819 August 6, 1821

Freeman Walker

November 10, 1821 September 7, 1824

Nicholas Ware

December 6, 1824 November 7, 1828

Thomas W. Cobb

November 7, 1828 March 3, 1829

Oliver H. Prince

March 4, 1829 November 8, 1833

George M. Troup

November 21, 1833 November 1, 1837

John Pendleton King

November 22, 1837 March 3, 1841

Wilson Lumpkin

March 4, 1841 May 28, 1852

John Macpherson Berrien

May 31, 1852 March 3, 1853

Robert M. Charlton

March 4, 1853 February 4, 1861

Robert A. Toombs

February 1, 1861 February 24, 1871

Vacant

February 24, 1871 March 3, 1871

Homer V.M. Miller

March 4, 1871 December 13, 1871

Vacant

December 13, 1871 March 3, 1877

Thomas M. Norwood

March 4, 1877 August 18, 1882

Benjamin Harvey Hill

November 15, 1882 March 3, 1883

Middleton Pope Barrow

March 4, 1883 March 26, 1894

Alfred H. Colquitt

April 2, 1894 March 3, 1895

Patrick Walsh

March 4, 1895 February 14, 1914

Augustus Octavius Bacon

March 2, 1914 November 3, 1914

William S. West

November 4, 1914 March 3, 1919

Thomas W. Hardwick

March 4, 1919 April 18, 1932

William J. Harris

April 25, 1932 January 11, 1933

John S. Cohen

January 12, 1933 January 21, 1971

Richard B. Russell, Jr.

February 1, 1971 November 7, 1972

David H. Gambrell

November 8, 1972 January 3, 1997

Sam Nunn

January 7, 1997 January 3, 2003

Max Cleland

January 3, 2003

Saxby Chambliss

 
Senators - Class III

March 4, 1789 March 3, 1801

James Gunn

March 4, 1801 March 19, 1806

James Jackson

June 19, 1806 November 14, 1809

John Milledge

November 27, 1809 March 3, 1819

Charles Tait

March 4, 1819 March 3, 1825

John Elliott

March 4, 1825 March 9, 1829

John Macpherson Berrien

November 9, 1829 June 27, 1834

John Forsyth

January 12, 1835 March 3, 1843

Alfred Cuthbert

March 4, 1843 February 4, 1848

Walter T. Colquitt

February 4, 1848 March 3, 1849

Herschel Vespasian Johnson

March 4, 1849 March 3, 1855

William Crosby Dawson

March 4, 1855 January 28, 1861

Alfred Iverson, Sr.

January 28, 1861 February 1, 1871

Vacant

February 1, 1871 March 3, 1873

Joshua Hill

March 4, 1873 May 26, 1880

John Brown Gordon

March 4, 1897 November 13, 1910

Alexander S. Clay

November 17, 1910 July 14, 1911

Joseph M. Terrell

November 16, 1911 March 3, 1921

M. Hoke Smith

March 4, 1921 September 26, 1922

Thomas E. Watson * Died in office

November 21, 1922 November 22, 1922

Rebecca Latimer Felton

November 22, 1922 January 2, 1957

Walter F. George

January 3, 1957 January 3, 1981

Herman E. Talmadge

January 3, 1981 January 3, 1987

Mack Mattingly

January 3, 1987 January 3, 1993

Wyche Fowler

January 3, 1993 July 18, 2000

Paul Coverdell

July 27, 2000 January 3, 2005

Zell Miller

January 3, 2005

Johnny Isakson

 
State Song
Georgia on My Mind

Written by: Stuart Gorrell
Composed by: Hoagy Carmichael

Georgia, Georgia, the whole day through
Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.
Georgia, Georgia, a song of you
Comes as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines.

Other arms reach out to me
Other eyes smile tenderly
Still in peaceful dreams I see
The road leads back to you.

Georgia, Georgia, no peace I find
Just an old sweet song keeps Georgia on my mind.

Melodies bring memories
That linger in my heart
Make me think of Georgia
Why did we ever part?

Some sweet day when blossoms fall
And all the world's a song
I'll go back to Georgia
'Cause that's where I belong.

Georgia On My Mind by Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell
Copyright 1930 by Peermusic Ltd. Copyright Renewed.
International Copyright Secured


Click Left Triangle to Play Melody
State Population

1790: 82,548

1800: 162,686

1810: 252,433

1820: 340,989

1830: 516,823

1840: 691,392

1850: 906,185

1860: 1,057,286

1870: 1,184,109

1880: 1,542,180

1890: 1,837,353

1900: 2,216,330

1910: 2,609,121

1920: 2,895,832

1930: 2,908,506

1940: 3,123,723

1950: 3,444,578

1960: 3,943,116

1970: 4,587,930

1980: 5,463,105

1990: 6,478,216

2000: 8,186,517


State Capitol Building 1907