The Center for Legislative Archives

Hawaii Statehood, August 21, 1959

Located in the historical records of the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate at the Center for Legislative Archives are many documents that illustrate the important role of stakeholders, indigenous people and Congress in the statehood process. Here is a small sampling of the many congressional records that highlight Hawaii's long and often challenged path to statehood. On August 21, 1959 Hawaii became the 50th state.

Letter from Liliuokalani, Queen of Hawaii to U.S. House of Representatives protesting U.S. assertion of ownership of Hawaii, December 19, 1898

President William McKinley's nomination of Sanford B. Dole to be Governor of the Territory of Hawaii, May 4, 1900

J. Res. 1 of the Legislature of the Territory of Hawaii, August 15, 1903

Certificate of Election of Joseph Farrington, November 16, 1942

"Hawaii: 49th State" brochure c.1946

Letter from the 8th Grade Social Studies Class,1951

Sen. J. Res. 8 of the Legislature of the State of California, March 12, 1953

Res. 84 of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Maui, November 21, 1958

Resolution of the Republican County Committee, January 15, 1959

S. 50, A Bill to provide for the admission of the State of Hawaii into the Union, March 11, 1959

S. Res. 13 of the Associated Students of the University of Hawaii

Certificate of Election for Representative Daniel K. Inouye, August 21, 1959; NAID 6926548

For more information, visit the Eisenhower Presidential Library to see Executive documents related to Hawaii's statehood.

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