Statehood Dates

Statehood Dates

Alphabetical listing of States at the bottom of this page.

Delaware State Flag

1787 – December 7 – Delaware became the 1st state.  Was also the first of the original 13 colonies.

We the Deputies of the People of the Delaware State… fully, freely, and entirely approve of… the… Constitution.

Wow, what a statement.  We intended to add information on this page about what we considered the key contribution of each state as they entered the union.  We were thinking produce, expertise, finance etc.  We don’t think though that there can be any greater contribution than leading the way.

Maybe their state slogan says it all –

Old West Stories

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Pennsylvania

1787 – December 12 – Pennsylvania became the 2nd state.

The first constitutional congress had met in Philadelphia in 1774 and voted to stop all trade with England.  The part played by Pennysylvania in creating the freedom from England required for the USA to be born was substantial and important.  On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted in the Pennsylvania State House (now Independence Hall) in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia served as the new nation’s capital from 1790 to 1800.

Even before the Revolutionary War, Pennsylvania led the nation in iron and grain milling production.  Many significant inventions were developed there including the steamboat that became a significant form of travel on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers and the nation’s first successful oil well was drilled near Titusville in 1859.  Pennsylvania was a leader of textile, leather, iron and glass production.

After the war Pennsylvania became a leading producer of oil, cement, electrical equipment and aluminum.

1787 – December 18  New Jersey became the 3rd state.

New Jersey was the third state to ratify the United States Constitution but the first to ratify the Bill of Rights in 1789.

Francis Hopkinson was one of the signatories to the Declaration of Independence and is also credited with desigining the very first American Flag with 13 stars and those famous stripes.

1788 January 2 – Georgia became the 4th state.

The largest state in the southeast it is the largest of the orginal 13 states.

When it joined the union it was aleader in producing transportation devices, clothing and chemical processing.  Agricultural products included corn, cotton, soybeans, eggs, and fruit with tobacco being established.  It has large supplies of marble and bauxite.

1788 – January 9 – Connecticut became the 5th state.

1788 – February 6 – Massachussetts became the 6th state.

1788 – April 28 – Maryland became the 7th state.

1788 – May 23 – South Carolina became the 8th state.

1788 – June 21 – New Hampshire became the 9th state.

1788 – June 25 – Virginia became the 10th state.

1788 – June 26 – New York became the 11th state.

1789 – November 21 – North Carolina became the 12th state.

1790 – May 29 – Rhode Island became the 13th state.  This was the last of the original 13 colonies.

1791 – March 4 – Vermont became the 1th state.

1792 – June 1 – Kentucky became the 15th state.

1796 – June 1 – Tennessee became the 16th state.

1803 – March 1 – Ohio became the 17th state.

1812 – April 30 – Louisiana became the 18th state.

1816 – December 11 – Indiana became the 19th state.

1817 – December 10 – Mississippi became the 20th state.

1818 – December 3 – Illinois became the 21st state.

1819 – December 14 – Alabama became the 22nd state.

1820 – March 15 – Maine became the 23rd state.

1821 -August 24 – Missouri became the 24th state.

1836 – June 15 – Arkansas became the 25th state.

1837 – January 26 – Michigan became the 26th state.

1845 – March 3 – Florida became the 27th state.

1845 – December 29 – Texas became the 28th state.  Prior to this date, Texas was an independent republic.

1846 – December 11 – Iowa became the 29th state.

 

Old West Stories1848 – May 29 – Wisconson became the 30th state.

The state’s paper milling industry commenced only a few months prior to statehood and using the plentiful water supply in the northern region, developed into a major industrial concern by the 1860’s.

The fur trade dominated Wisconsin’s economy until the early 1800s and then  lead mining became important.  The state gained the nickname the “Badger State” because of the lead miners who saved time and effort on house building by burrowing into the hillside and enlarging caves like a Badger.  Wheat became a major crop and dairy farming brought a new prosperity.

1850 – September 9 – California became the 31st state.  Previously part of Mexico until the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidago in 1848.

1858 – May 11 – Minnesota became the the 32nd state.

1859 – February 14 – Oregon became the 33rd state.

1861 – January 29 – Kansas became the 34th state.

1863 – June 20 – West Virginia became the 35th state.

1864 – October 31 – Nevada became the 36th state.

1867 – March 1 – Nebraska became the 37th state.

1876 – August 1 – Colorado became the 38th state.

1889 – November 2 – North Dakota became the 39th state.

1889 – November 2 – South Dakota became the 40th state.

1889 – November 8 – Montana became the 41st state.

1889 – November 11 – Washington became the 42nd state.

1890 – July 3 – Idaho became the 43rd state.

1890 – July 10 – Wyoming became the 44th state.  There was a lot of debate over whether Wyoming should be allowed to enter the Union because of “The Female Suffrage Act 1869” that gave Wyoming women the vote and the right to hold political office.  “We may stay out of the union for 100 years, but when we come in, we will come with our women.”  With a vote of 139 to 127, the Bill went to the Senate and passed 29 to 18.  Wyoming was the leader in women’s rights and others would follow.  The notes below show some of the key events that led up to this monumental event:-

1869 – December 10 – The Wyoming Territorial legislature passed a bill that meant The Old West was changing is ways that most could not have imagined only a few years earlier.  The legislation gave everyone woman living in the Territory of Wyoming the right to vote in all election held in that Territory.  The legislation was entitled “The Female Suffrage Act 1869”.

1870 – March – In Laramie in the Territory of Wyoming, a Grand Jury had been impaneled with 6 women.  Eliza Stewart was the first woman elected to the panel.  Eastern newspapers ridiculed the women jurors but pragmatic news operators eventually realised that women were a significant part of their readership and the practise stopped.

1870 – September 6 – Louisa Ann Swain post the first vote ever cast in a public election in the Territory of Wyoming.  She was aged 70 and her vote was note only the first vote by a woman in Wyoming, it was the first vote by a woman anywhere in the world:-  

Mrs Swain was born and named Louisa Gardner.  Her father was a ship’s captain who was lost at sea when she was very young.  She moved with her mother to Charleston in South Carolina where her mother died and she was left alone. 

Louisa moved to Baltimore and lived with her uncle and it was here that she met and married Stephen Swain, the owner of a chair factory.

Louisa and Stephen, with their 4 children. moved to Zanesville, Ohio, the to Indiana.  Their son, Alfred, moved with his family to Wyoming in 1869.  Louisa and Stephen soon joined them.

On September 6 the following year Louisa Swain was out walking early, apparently intending to purchase supplies.  She passed a polling station that was not yet open and officials invited her in.  A local newspaper, the Laramie Daily Sentinel described here the following day as:-

“A gentle white-haired housewife, Quakerish in appearance.” Laramie Daily Sentinel. September 7, 1870.

She was 69 years old.  Louisa died in 1880 on January 25.

Please note that there are several other claimants to be the first woman to vote in the Unites States or in an area that later became part of the USA.  There included Native American women who had some rights to vote, women who voted but claimed to be a man, votes in non public elections etc.  I have included Louisa Swain because she was the first to vote in a public election under formally enacted legislation.  I believe the action recorded below supports this view:-

2008 – September 6 – This day was recorded by the United States Congress as “Louisa Ann Swain Day” in honor of her historic vote.

1896 – January 4 – Utah became the 45th state.

1907 – November 16 – Oklahoma became the 46th state.

1912 – january 6 – New Mexico became the 47th state.

1912 – February 14 – Arizona became the 48th State.  Previously part of the Territory of New Mexico.

1959 – January 3 – Alaska became the 49th state.

1959 – August 21 – Hawaii become the 50th and final state.   Prior to this date, Hawaii was a Territory of the United States since 1898, August 12.

Alphabetical

Alabama – 1819 – December 14 – 22nd state.

Alaska – 1959 – January 3 – 49th state.

Arizona – 1912 – February 14 – 48th State.

Arkansas – 1836 – June 15 – 25th state.

California – 1850 – September 9 – 31st state.

Colorado – 1876 – August 1 – 38th state.

Connecticut – 1788 – January 9 – 5th state.

Delaware – 1787 – December 7 – 1st state.

 

Florida – 1845 – March 3 – 27th state.

Georgia – 1788 – January 2 – 4th state.

Hawaii – 1959 – August 21 – 50th state.

Idaho – 1890 – July 3 – 43rd state.

Illinois – 1818 – December 3 – 21st state.

Indiana – 1816 – December 11 – 19th state.

Iowa – 1846 – December 11 – 29th state.

Kansas – 1861 – January 29 – 34th state.

Kentucky – 1792 – June 1 – 15th state.

Louisiana – 1812 – April 30 – 18th state.

Maine – 1820 – March 15 – 23rd state.

Maryland – 1788 – April 28 – 7th state.

Massachussetts – 1788 – February 6 – 6th state.

 

Michigan – 1837 – January 26 – 26th state.

Minnesota – 185? – May 11 – 32nd state.

Mississippi – 1817 – December 10 – 20th state.

Missouri – 1821 – August 24 – 24th state.

Montana – 1889 – November 8 – 41st state.

Nebraska – 1867 – March 1 – 37th state.

Nevada – 1864 – October 31 – 36th state.

New Hampshire – 1788 – June 21 – 9th state.

New Jersey – 1787 – December 18 – 3rd state.

New Mexico – 1912 – January 6 – 47th state.

New York – 1788 – June 26 – 11th state.

North Carolina – 1789 – November 21 – 12th state.

North Dakota – 1889 – November 2 – 39th state.

Ohio – 1803 – March 1 – 17th state.

Oklahoma – 1907 – November 16 – 46th state.

Oregon – 1859 – February 14 – 33rd state.

Rhode Island – May 29 – 13th state.  This was the last of the original 13 colonies.

South Carolina – 1788 – May 23 – 8th state.

South Dakota – 1889 – November 2 – 40th state.

Tennessee – 1796 – June 1 – 16th state.

Texas – 1845 – December 29 – 28th state.

Utah – 1896 – January 4 – 45th state.

Vermont – 1791 – March 4 – 14th state.

Virginia – 1788 – 10th state.

Washington – 1889 – November 11 – 42nd state.

West Virginia – 1863 – June 20 – 35th state.

Wisconsin – 1848 – May 29 – 30th state.

Wyoming –  1890 – July 10 – 44th state.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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