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Nevada Government & Politics
Territory & Statehood
(1848-1864)

Lincoln Proclamation

"October 31, 1864

By the President of the United States of America

A Proclamation

Whereas the Congress of the United States passed an Act which was approved on the 21st day of March, last, entitled, "An Act to enable the people of Nevada to form a Constitution and State Government, and for the admission of such state into the Union on an equal Footing with the original States";

And Whereas, the said Constitution and State Government have been formed pursuant to the conditions prescribed by the fifth section of the Act of congress aforesaid, and the certificate required by the said act, and also a copy of the Constitution and ordinances have been submitted to the President of the United States;

Now, therefore, be it known that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, in accordance with the duty imposed upon me by the Act of Congress aforesaid, do, hereby, declare and proclaim that the said State of Nevada is admitted into the Union on an equal footing with the original States.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington this Thirty first day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-four, and of the Independence of the United States the Eighty-ninth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln"
 
 

Reader: Governor Kenny Guinn

Photo Credit:
Nevada State Library and Archives