February 5, 1777

On February 5, 1777, Georgia became the first US state to abolish the entail and primogeniture system of inheritance. What is entail and primogeniture? It’s where the first born or eldest surviving son is the only legal inheritor of his father’s land. The state of Georgia said, no, if there is no will, then the estate is split evenly among the heirs. Later, daughters and wives were added.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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