Hawaii , which had a large military population after the war, was expected to lean Republican and thus balance out the senate seats being added. So, shortly after Alaska was awarded statehood , so was Hawaii , which became the 50th state on August 21, 1959.
Alaska and Hawaii were the last states to join the Union — both in 1959. Joining the Union.
|State||Entered Union||Year Settled|
|Alaska||Jan. 3, 1959||1784|
|Hawaii||Aug. 21, 1959||1820|
President Dwight Eisenhower
The purchase of Alaska in 1867 marked the end of Russian efforts to expand trade and settlements to the Pacific coast of North America , and became an important step in the United States rise as a great power in the Asia-Pacific region.
1959: Alaska and Hawaii admitted, respectively, as the 49th and 50th states of the Union.
ALASKA was a Russian colony from 1744 until the USA bought it in 1867 for $7,200,000. It was made a state in 1959. Hawaii was a kingdom until 1893 and became a republic in 1894. It then ceded itself to the USA in 1898 and became a state in 1959.
The United States wanted Hawaii to acquire its islands and because it was a port way to China, East India and Asia. Not only did they want the islands, but they wanted their naval base. They wanted their naval base for war so they would have another advantage to help defeat the other country.
Queen Liliuokalani attempted to restore royal powers in 1893 but was placed under house arrest by businessmen with help from the US military. Against the Queen’s wishes, the Republic of Hawaii was formed for a short time. This government agreed on behalf of Hawaii to join the US in 1898 as the Territory of Hawaii.
List of U.S. states and their order to statehood
|State||Date (admitted or ratified)|
|47||New Mexico||January 27, 1912 (admitted)|
|48||Arizona||February 14, 1912 (admitted)|
|49||Alaska||January 3, 1959 (admitted)|
|50||Hawaii||August 21, 1959 (admitted)|
The United States was formed as a result of the American Revolution when the thirteen American colonies revolted against the rule of Great Britain. These thirteen colonies became the first 13 states as each ratified the Constitution. The first state to ratify the Constitution was Delaware on December 7, 1787.
In 1898, the Spanish-American War broke out, and the strategic use of the naval base at Pearl Harbor during the war convinced Congress to approve formal annexation. Two years later, Hawaii was organized into a formal U.S. territory and in 1959 entered the United States as the 50th state.
Alaska is the northernmost state, Hawaii the southernmost. Alaska is the largest state in area, Hawaii , nearly the smallest. Alaska is famous for its cold winters, while Hawaii is a tropical paradise.
Hawaii —a U.S. territory since 1898—became the 50th state in August, 1959, following a referendum in Hawaii in which more than 93% of the voters approved the proposition that the territory should be admitted as a state . There were many Hawaiian petitions for statehood during the first half of the 20th century.