|Written by RKP Hunt|
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Wyoming became the 44th state on July 10, 1890.
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Wyoming became a Territory by an Act of Congress on July 25, 1868. The territorial government formally began on May 19, 1869. The first territorial governor was John A. Campbell. He wasn't elected, but was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant.
The people who lived in Wyoming Territory started talking about becoming a State that same year. But it wasn't until 1888 when the Territorial Assembly sent Congress a petition for admission into the Union. Bills were introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives, but did not pass.
Governor Francis E. Warren and others decided to continue as if the bills had passed. On July 8, 1889, Wyoming Territory held an election of delegates to Wyoming's one and only Constitutional Convention. Forty-nine men gathered in Cheyenne during September, 1889, and wrote the constitution. The voters approved the document November 5, 1889, by a vote of 6,272 to 1,923. READ THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF WYOMING
U.S. Senators and Representatives both introduced bills for Wyoming statehood in December, 1889. The House passed the bill March 27, 1890. President Benjamin Harrison signed Wyoming's statehood bill, and made Wyoming the 44th state.
Taken from Sheridanwyoming.org
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