State celebrates 129th Birthday

Today is North Dakota’s 129th Anniversary of Statehood.

It became a state when President Harrison signed the Proclamation of Admission for North Dakota and South Dakota at 3:40 p.m. ET on Saturday, November 2, 1889.

The formal official process towards statehood began at on February 22, 1889, when President Cleveland signed the Enabling Act that had been passed by the Congress.

An election was held on May 14, 1889, to elect 75 delegates to a Constitutional Convention, which was held in Bismarck from July 4 to August 17.

Then, on October 1, 1889, the voters approved the new constitution, which was a requirement for admission.

Of the 35,548 votes cast, 77% of the voters voted in favor of statehood.

However, since women did not have the right to vote until August 26, 1920, only men voted.  At statehood, the population of the state was approximately 190,000.

North Dakota and South Dakota were part of the Dakota Territory created in 1861, which included much of the present-day states of Montana and Wyoming.

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