Statehood Dates

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State
Name
Statehood
Date/Order
Pre-Statehood
Notes
DelawareDec. 7, 1787
1 st
The first of the original 13 colonies.
PennsylvaniaDec. 12, 1787
2 nd
The second of the original 13 colonies.
New JerseyDec. 18, 1787
3 rd
The third of the original 13 colonies.
GeorgiaJan. 2, 1788
4 th
The fourth of the original 13 colonies
ConnecticutJan. 9, 1788
5 th
The fifth of the original 13 colonies.
MassachusettsFeb. 6, 1788
6 th
The sixth of the original 13 colonies
MarylandApril 28, 1788
7 th
The seventh of the original 13 colonies.
South CarolinaMay 23, 1788
8 th
The eighth of the original 13 colonies.
New HampshireJune 21, 1788
9 th
The ninth of the original 13 colonies
VirginiaJune 25, 1788
10 th
The 10th of the original 13 colonies.
New YorkJuly 26, 1788
11 th
The 11th of the original 13 colonies.
North CarolinaNov. 21, 1789
12 th
The 12th of the original 13 colonies.
Rhode IslandMay 29, 1790
13 th
The 13th of the original 13 colonies.
VermontMarch 4, 1791
14 th
Until statehood, had been a region claimed by both New York and New Hampshire
KentuckyJune 1, 1792
15 th
Never a territory, it was part of Virginia until statehood.
TennesseeJune 1, 1796
16 th
Was Southwest Territory before statehood.
OhioMarch 1, 1803
17 th
Was part of the Northwest Territory until statehood.
LouisianaApril 30, 1812
18 th
With certain boundary changes, had been the Territory of Orleans.
IndianaDec. 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.
MississippiDec. 10, 1817
20 th
Territory by Act of April 7, 1798, effective May 7, 1798.
IllinoisDec. 3, 1818
21 st
.
AlabamaDec. 14, 1819
22 nd
Territory by Act of March 3, 1817, effective Aug. 15, 1817.
MaineMarch 15, 1820
23 rd
What is now the state of Maine was, before statehood, called the District of Maine and belonged to Massachusetts.
MissouriAug. 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.
ArkansasJune 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."
MichiganJan. 26., 1837
26 th
.
FloridaMarch 3, 1845
27 th
.
TexasDec. 29, 1845
28 th
Was an independent republic before statehood.
IowaDec. 28, 1846
29 th
.
WisconsinMay 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.
CaliforniaSept. 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.
MinnesotaMay 11, 1858
32 nd
.
OregonFeb. 14, 1859
33 rd
.
KansasJan. 29, 1861
34 th
.
West VirginiaJune 20, 1863
35 th
Was part of Virginia until statehood.
NevadaOct. 31, 1864
36 th
.
NebraskaMarch 1, 1867
37 th
.
ColoradoAug. 1, 1876
38 th
.
North DakotaNov. 2, 1889
39 th or 40 th
Was part of Dakota Territory before statehood. Admitted on same day as South Dakota
South DakotaNov. 2, 1889
39 th or 40 th
Was part of Dakota Territory before statehood. Admitted on same day as North Dakota
MontanaNov. 8, 1889
41 st
.
WashingtonNov. 11, 1889
42 nd
.
IdahoJuly 3, 1890
43 rd
.
WyomingJuly 10, 1890
44 th
.
UtahJan. 4, 1896
45 th
.
OklahomaNov. 16, 1907
46 th
The state was formed from Oklahoma Territory and Indian Territory.
New MexicoJan. 6, 1912
47th
.
ArizonaFeb. 14, 1912
48 th
This region was sometimes called Arizona before 1863, although it was still in the Territory of New Mexico.
AlaskaJan. 3, 1959
49 th
A district from Oct. 18, 1867, until it became an organized territory Aug. 24, 1912.
HawaiiAug. 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)