Minnesota Hail to Thee! A Sesquicentennial History
In the summer of 1849, according to official count, fewer than 4,000 people lived in Minnesota. The tally did not include members of the Indian tribes who had called Minnesota home for generations. Nor was it clear at the time just what and where Minnesota was.
Minnesota was no longer part of the Wisconsin Territory, which had ceased to exist when Wisconsin became a state. The Stillwater Convention was Minnesota’s first step on the road to statehood. Nobody sanctioned the meeting. Nobody voted its delegates into office. They just boldly asserted their claim and sent Henry Hastings Sibley off to Washington as the first congressional representative from Minnesota.
The bill creating the Minnesota Territory and making St. Paul its capital was signed into law in March 1849. “Thank the Lord!” cried one Minnesota pioneer when word of the action trickled into the Mississippi Valley a month later. “We live in the United States again!”
- By: Karal Ann Marling
- Format: Hardcover, 164 pages, 10x10 in.
- Publisher: Afton Historical Society Press
- Product ##: 9781890434786