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Georgia Information

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Georgia Facts

  • Statehood: Georgia became the 4th state on 02 January, 1788.
  • Nickname: Empire State of the South, Peach State
  • Bird: Brown Thrasher.
  • Flower: Cherokee Rose
  • Tree: Live Oak.
  • Fish. Largemouth bass.
  • Motto: "Wisdom, Justice, and Moderation"
  • Song: Georgia on My Mind
  • Area: 59,441 square miles (Georgia is the 24th biggest state in the USA).
  • Counties: 159.
  • Highest elevation: Brasstown Bald - 4,784 feet (1,458 m) above sea level

Government

  • Electoral college votes: 15.
  • State legislature: It's older than the United States Congress.

The Georgia General Assembly, the formal title of the legislature, was formed in 1777 and is older than the United States Congress. At the time of its origin, the legislature consisted of a single house, but in 1789 it became a bicameral body, consisting of a House of Representatives and a Senate.

The House of Representatives and Senate operate with similar powers, except that appropriation bills must originate in the House, while confirmation of the Governor’s appointments rests with the Senate. The concurrence of both bodies is necessary before any bill may become a law.

The House of Representatives has 180 members and the Senate has 56. Two-year terms of office apply to both houses, and the entire membership of each body is elected at the same time.

Some Famous Georgians

Actors:

  • Claude Marion Akins.
  • Kim Basinger.
  • Charles Coburn.
  • Dakota Fanning.
  • Laurence Fishburne.
  • Jeff Foxworthy.
  • Holly Hunter.
  • Stacy Keach.
  • Deforest Kelley.
  • Spike Lee.
  • Burt Reynolds.
  • Joanne Woodward.

Musicians:

  • Ray Charles.
  • Amy Grant.
  • Richard "Little Richard" Penniman.
  • Otis Redding.
  • Jerry Reed.
  • Ray Stevens.

Politicians

  • Jimmy Carter.
  • Rosalynn Carter.
  • Lester Maddox.
  • Zell Miller.

Sports Figures

  • Ty Cobb.
  • Walt Frazier.
  • Jackie Robinson.
  • Sugar Ray Robinson.
  • Herschel Walker.

Other Icons:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Flannery O'Connor.
  • Clarence Thomas.
  • Carl Vinson (the carrier, U.S.S. Carl Vinson CVN-70, bears his name).

Some Georgia Trivia

  • Fort Benning, GA, is the world's largest infantry training center.
  • Many people think Mount Rushmore holds the world's largest sculpture. Actually, that distinction goes to he face of Stone Mountain. On its face are the figures of Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, and Robert E. Lee. And Lee's horse Traveler is carved there as well.
  • Saint Marys is the second oldest city in the USA.
  • The first steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean was The City of Savanna.
  • Stone Mountain (near Atlanta) is one of the world's largest masses of exposed granite.
  • Annually, Georgia hosts the largest poultry convention in the world (International Poultry Trade Show).
  • In terms of land mass, Georgia is the largest state east of the Mississippi River.
  • The world's largest college campus is at Berry College, in Rome, GA.
  • Georgia leads the nation in the production of processed chicken, paper and board, and tufted textile products.
  • Georgia is famous for its incredibly delicious peaches, but it also produces corn, cotton, eggs, soybeans, and (unfortunately) tobacco.
  • As became widely known during the Carter Presidency, Georgia also produces peanuts. So many, in fact, it produces twice as many as the next leading state.
 
 

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