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    Bob Bartlett and Alaska Statehood

    This is a reprise of a 2016 post. One of the main advocates of Alaska statehood was Edward Lewis “Bob” Bartlett. He represented Alaska through many years of statesmanship, and guided the statehood act through Congress, where it passed in…

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    Bob Bartlett and Alaska Statehood

    One of the main advocates of Alaska statehood was Edward Lewis “Bob” Bartlett. He represented Alaska through many years of statesmanship, and guided the statehood act through Congress, where it passed in 1958. We became the 49th state in 1959.…

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    Alaska Statehood, 1959

    On January 3rd, 1959, President Eisenhower pronounced Alaska the 49th state in the Union. It was a proud day for most Alaskans, who had sought statehood over a period of years. Here’s a thumbnail sketch of why it was so…