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Utah received its statehood and was admitted as the 45th state in the union on January 4th 1896.
The path leading to Utah as the 45th state in the union was a long and windy one. It took almost 50 years for lawmakers to admit Utah as a part of the union. Because the early pioneers practiced polygamy, the United States government looked at them as an "unpredictable" society. It wasn't until polygamy was outlawed that they were granted statehood. Read more information HERE.
Read Historic Newspaper Articles depicting Utah's struggle for statehood:
- March 11, 1879 - "Self-Government In The Territories"
- October 19, 1887 - "Utah's Statehood"
- June 1, 1891 - "The Liberal Rally"
- September 18, 1891 - The Future Of Utah And The Mormon Church
- November 6, 1891 - The Governor's Message
- February 5, 1892 - "Utah Legislature"
- February 21, 1893 - "Utah's Statehood Claim"
- May 26, 1894 - "Statehood Bill As Amended"
- January 4, 1896 - The newspaper the day Utah was granted Statehood
- January 10, 1896 - "Mr Allen Sworn In"
- January 10, 1896 - "Received With Great Joy" (go to the link, go to page two, and it's halfway down the page)
Make sure to visit the Historic Sandy Museum.....they have the actual flag that was flying the day Utah became a state. Click HERE for information on the Sandy Museum.
State Of Deseret
From 1849-1870, Utah had it's own government and was knows as the "State of Deseret".
- Deseret Alphabet: During that time, they even had their own alphabet. It was a sound-based alphabet developed by the board of regents of the University of Deseret (later the University of Utah) under the direction of Brigham Young. At least four books were published in the new alphabet: The First Deseret Alphabet Reader, The Second Deseret Alphabet Reader, The Book of Mormon, and a Book of Mormon excerpt called "First Nephi-Omni". Considerable non-printed material in the Deseret alphabet still exists, including one headstone in Cedar City, some coinage, letters, diaries, and meeting minutes. One of the more curious items found in the Deseret alphabet is an English-Hopi dictionary. Click HERE to learn more and see the Deseret Alphabet.
- From 1851 to 1856, Fillmore was the first capitol of Utah. In 1856 the capitol was moved to Salt Lake City.
Utah drew up it's own constitution in 1895, which gave women the right to vote. Utah was one of the first states to grant women this right. (Click HERE to read that constitution).
Click HERE to read about Utah's state bird, state tree, state song, etc.