ND & SD Statehood

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On this date in 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota gained statehood.

That makes both Dakotas 128 years old.

UND history professor Kim Porter says the north-south rivalry was apparent even when the states were part of Dakota Territory.

She says South Dakota wanted to become a state around 1875, when it had sufficient population to join the union, but North Dakota did not.

Porter says the two Dakotas would have had different names. South Dakota wanted to use the name "Dakota." She says suggestions for North Dakota included "Pembina" and "Lincoln."

In the 1880s, the population requirement to become a state was 60-thousand white individuals.

On Nov. 2, 1889, President Benjamin Harrison signed the proclamations admitting North and South Dakota to the union.

(North Dakota as the 39th state, and South Dakota the 40th.)

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