Statehood Dates

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State
Name
Statehood
Date/Order
Pre-Statehood
Notes
Delaware Dec. 7, 1787
1 st
The first of the original 13 colonies.
Pennsylvania Dec. 12, 1787
2 nd
The second of the original 13 colonies.
New Jersey Dec. 18, 1787
3 rd
The third of the original 13 colonies.
Georgia Jan. 2, 1788
4 th
The fourth of the original 13 colonies
Connecticut Jan. 9, 1788
5 th
The fifth of the original 13 colonies.
Massachusetts Feb. 6, 1788
6 th
The sixth of the original 13 colonies
Maryland April 28, 1788
7 th
The seventh of the original 13 colonies.
South Carolina May 23, 1788
8 th
The eighth of the original 13 colonies.
New Hampshire June 21, 1788
9 th
The ninth of the original 13 colonies
Virginia June 25, 1788
10 th
The 10th of the original 13 colonies.
New York July 26, 1788
11 th
The 11th of the original 13 colonies.
North Carolina Nov. 21, 1789
12 th
The 12th of the original 13 colonies.
Rhode Island May 29, 1790
13 th
The 13th of the original 13 colonies.
Vermont March 4, 1791
14 th
Until statehood, had been a region claimed by both New York and New Hampshire
Kentucky June 1, 1792
15 th
Never a territory, it was part of Virginia until statehood.
Tennessee June 1, 1796
16 th
Was Southwest Territory before statehood.
Ohio March 1, 1803
17 th
Was part of the Northwest Territory until statehood.
Louisiana April 30, 1812
18 th
With certain boundary changes, had been the Territory of Orleans.
Indiana Dec. 11, 1816
19 th
There was a residue of Indiana Territory that continued to exist under that name until Dec. 3, 1818, when it was attached to Michigan Territory.
Mississippi Dec. 10, 1817
20 th
Territory by Act of April 7, 1798, effective May 7, 1798.
Illinois Dec. 3, 1818
21 st
.
Alabama Dec. 14, 1819
22 nd
Territory by Act of March 3, 1817, effective Aug. 15, 1817.
Maine March 15, 1820
23 rd
What is now the state of Maine was, before statehood, called the District of Maine and belonged to Massachusetts.
Missouri Aug. 10, 1821
24 th
The state was much smaller than the territory. The area to the west and northwest of the state, which had been in the territory, was commonly known as the "Missouri Country" until May 30, 1854, and certain of the post offices in this area show a Missouri abbreviation in the postmark.
Arkansas June 15, 1836
25 th
The territory was larger than the state. After statehood the leftover area to the west had post offices that continued for some years to use an Arkansas abbreviation in the postmarks, although they were really in the "Indian Country."
Michigan Jan. 26., 1837
26 th
.
Florida March 3, 1845
27 th
.
Texas Dec. 29, 1845
28 th
Was an independent republic before statehood.
Iowa Dec. 28, 1846
29 th
.
Wisconsin May 29, 1848
30 th
The state is smaller than the territory and the leftover area continued to be called the Territory of Wisconsin until March 3, 1849.
California Sept. 9, 1850
31 st
Ceded by Mexico by the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, concluded Feb. 2, 1848, and proclaimed July 4, 1848. From then until statehood, California had a military government until Dec. 20, 1849, and then a local civil government. It never had a territorial form of government.
Minnesota May 11, 1858
32 nd
.
Oregon Feb. 14, 1859
33 rd
.
Kansas Jan. 29, 1861
34 th
.
West Virginia June 20, 1863
35 th
Was part of Virginia until statehood.
Nevada Oct. 31, 1864
36 th
.
Nebraska March 1, 1867
37 th
.
Colorado Aug. 1, 1876
38 th
.
North Dakota Nov. 2, 1889
39 th or 40 th
Was part of Dakota Territory before statehood. Admitted on same day as South Dakota
South Dakota Nov. 2, 1889
39 th or 40 th
Was part of Dakota Territory before statehood. Admitted on same day as North Dakota
Montana Nov. 8, 1889
41 st
.
Washington Nov. 11, 1889
42 nd
.
Idaho July 3, 1890
43 rd
.
Wyoming July 10, 1890
44 th
.
Utah Jan. 4, 1896
45 th
.
Oklahoma Nov. 16, 1907
46 th
The state was formed from Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory.
New Mexico Jan. 6, 1912
47th
.
Arizona Feb. 14, 1912
48 th
This region was sometimes called Arizona before 1863, although it was still in the Territory of New Mexico.
Alaska Jan. 3, 1959
49 th
A district from Oct. 18, 1867, until it became an organized territory Aug. 24, 1912.
Hawaii Aug. 21, 1959
50 th
The territorial date Aug. 12, 1898 is that of the formal transfer to the United States, with Sanford B. Dole as first Governor.

Source: Scott Stamp Monthly (April 1998)