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5 Fun Facts About October 7 In Georgia History

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1. In 1810, John Clark was inaugurated as the sixth Governor of Georgia. He went on to serve three non-consecutive terms, making him one of the longest-serving governors in state history.

2. On October 7, 1864, Union forces under General George Thomas won the Battle of Overland Mountain in northern Georgia. This victory helped secure the city of Atlanta for Union forces and marked a turning point in the Civil War.

3. In 1920, the Georgia School for the Deaf was established in the city of Cave Spring, becoming the first school for the deaf in the state. Today, the school continues to serve the deaf and hard of hearing community in Georgia.

4. On October 7, 1970, the Georgia State Board of Corrections approved a plan to replace the state's system of chain gangs with modern prison camps. This move was seen as a major step forward for prison reform in Georgia.

5. In 1994, Georgia native and civil rights leader Hosea Williams was inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Williams was not only a prominent civil rights leader, but also a decorated veteran of World War II and a private pilot.
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