North Dakota 122 years old today


Governor Jack Dalrymple wished North Dakota a happy birthday and encouraged citizens to commemorate the anniversary of the day in 1889 that North Dakota joined the Union as the 39th state. North Dakota is 122 years old today.

 “This anniversary is a great occasion to celebrate our rich history and honor the generations of North Dakotans that built this state and paved the way for the growth and opportunity we enjoy today,” Dalrymple said. “The ideals and values rooted in our proud heritage will continue to shape North Dakota’s future and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”

On November 2, 1889, North Dakota was admitted to the Union when President Benjamin Harrison signed the Proclamation of Admission. South Dakota was also admitted on that day. The process towards statehood began on February 22, 1889, when President Grover Cleveland signed the Enabling Act. On October 1 of that year, North Dakota’s voters approved the state’s new constitution.

Source: Office of Gov. Dalrymple