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Who knew? Washington's shared distinction in American history | History Files


Last updated 5/7/2020 at 10:02am

Washington was admitted to the union Nov. 11, 1889, less than a year before Edmonds was incorporated. Every fourth grader in the state might be able to tell you that snippet of information.

What they might not be able to tell you is that Washington was the fourth state admitted to the union that month. North Dakota and South Dakota were both admitted Nov. 2, 1889. According to Wikipedia, North Dakota was 39th and South Dakota 40th.

But a different article in Wikipedia reports that President Benjamin Harrison didn’t want to know which he was signing first, and didn’t want to decide whic...

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