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In 1916 James Wickersham, Alaska's non-voting delegate to Congress, introduced the first bill that proposed Alaska’s Statehood to Congress. Like many past attempts, the bill gathered virtually no support. In 1955, the territorial legislature passed legislation permitting a constitutional convention. Alaskan voters elected fifty-five delegates from across the territory. They met at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in November 1955 to write a constitution for the proposed state. Alaskans voted approval of the constitution in April 1956. The new constitution was set to take effect when and if Congress granted statehood for Alaska. Efforts finally paid off in 1958 when Congress approved statehood for Alaska. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Alaska Statehood Bill into law on July 7, 1958. Alaskans accepted statehood as presented in the federal law the following month and elected their first state officials in November. The capitol of Alaska is Juneau, which can only be reached by boat or plane. The state motto of Alaska is “North to the Future”, this saying was adopted in 1967, during the Alaska Purchas Centennial, it is meant to represent Alaska as a land of promise. The state animal is a moose and state flower is the forget me not. The current population is 710,231, with 52% being male and 48% being female. The median income is slightly above average, $66,712. 26.5% of people hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. The high school graduate rate is 90.7%. Alaska elects a governor and a lieutenant governor to that each server four-year terms. The governor of Alaska, who appoints the heads of all state departments and many other officials, is considered one of the most powerful governors in the United States. The Alaska State Legislature includes a Senate and House of Representatives. 20 senators serve in the Alaska Senate, 40 representatives serve in the Alaska House of Representatives. Two forms of local government exist in Alaska: the city and the...
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