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  1. Utah Statehood. The Utah area became a territory of the United States in 1848, but didn’t become a state until 1896. For most other western states, territorial status was much shorter than this. Idaho, for example, was a territory for about 27 years–half the time that Utah was. Utahns Tried for Almost 50 Years to Win Statehood.

  2. Jan 4, 2021 · Utah’s Road to Statehood: 125 Years. Maren Peterson January 4, 2021 History, Research. One hundred and twenty-five years ago, President Grover Cleveland issued the proclamation that officially welcomed Utah into the Union as a state on January 4, 1896. Utah had been working towards this goal since 1849, when newly-arrived white settlers first ...

  3. The History of Utah is an examination of the human history and social activity within the state of Utah located in the western United States.

  4. Jul 1, 2021 · Series 3214, Statehood Constitutional Convention. On December 16, 1895, men from Utah Territory presented the original copy of the constitution to President Cleveland. On Saturday, January 4, 1896, he proclaimed Utah to be the forty-fifth state of the Union. Salt Lake City was waiting for confirmation of statehood, and it was agreed that when ...

  5. 2 days ago · Utah - Rocky Mountains, Deserts, Mormon Pioneers: The Mormon settlers applied for statehood in 1849 under the name Deseret, a word from the sacred Book of Mormon meaning “honeybee” and signifying industry. This bid was rejected, as were the efforts of five subsequent constitutional conventions between 1856 and 1887. Before the U.S. Congress and the national administration would assent to ...

  6. F rom the time the Mormon pioneers first arrived in Utah, a fervent goal of the vast majority of the region's residents was overcoming inferior territorial status by gaining statehood. Statehood was considered tantamount to independence in local affairs, with state officers chosen and answerable to the electorate, rather than where officials were outsiders appointed by outsiders, as was the ...

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  8. Nov 10, 2021 · Series 3212, Statehood Constitutional Convention. Utahns moved with enthusiasm as they had been waiting for the opportunity to become a state for decades. They held an election to choose the delegates and convened the convention in March of 1895. Of the 109 seats for the delegates, 79 of them were filled by Latter-day Saints, two of which were ...