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|Alaska Achieves Statehood
The Alaska Statehood Bill was passed by the U.S. Congress by a vote of 64 to 20 on June 20, 1958.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill on July 7.
On August 26 a record 35,000 Alaskans voted for admission as the 49th state and allotted the use of 260,600 square miles for federal defense installations.
Alaskans cast their ballots in their first state elections on November 25. Democrats won every major contest.
Alaskans vote in their first state elections.
Alaska was formally admitted as the 49th state on January 3, 1959; Governor William A. Egan and Secretary of State Hugh J. Wade assumed office at that time. The Democrat-controlled state legislature (33 Democrats, 5 Republicans, and 2 Independents in the House; 18 Democrats and 2 Republicans in the Senate) convened on January 26 for an 81-day session that dealt primarily with the organization of the state government.
A bronze medal commemorating the admission of
Alaska shows a map of Alaska superimposed on the
continental United States and the date of its formal
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