Monday, November 16, 2015

Happy Statehood Day

At 10:16am, Oklahoma became the 46th state in the republic.
  On this date in 1907, Oklahoma joined the other 45 states in the Republic. Before that, it was a land of limited autonomy and several American Indian Nations.
Happy Statehood day! But you are much older than 108 years, Oklahoma. You've been a land of people yearning to be free and stay free.

  From the Osage, Choctaw, Creek, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Apache, Cheyenne, & Seminole... to the slaves emancipated, Sooners, entrepreneurs, roughnecks, homeschoolers, faith groups, and others who yearn for liberty. Oklahoma is a special place.

  The State capitol displays the painting wherein President Theodore Roosevelt signs the final documents of Oklahoma's statehood.

“Oklahoma is now a state,” declared Theodore Roosevelt, President of the United States, as he signed the statehood proclamation at 10:16 o’clock on the morning of November 16, 1907. The birth of the new state of Oklahoma was attended with little ceremony. Only a delegation of government clerks from Oklahoma and newspaper men were in the cabinet room as witnesses.
The delegation formed around the cabinet table and fifteen minutes after 10 o’clock, the door leading to the executive private office was thrown open and the President entered, taking a seat at the head of the cabinet table. An eagle quill pen was arranged for the signature and became property of the Oklahoma Historical Society.

The President picked up one of the new blotters which lay on the cabinet table to dry his signature, but he had not completed the operation before an alert person with gray hair, white tie and nervous smile, cried out, “Mr. President, give me the blotter.” The blotter was presented with a smile to Albert Hammer of Enid, Oklahoma, who had made the request, a clerk in the general land office.
The White House telegraph rooms were directly connected both with Guthrie and Oklahoma City and the second the President attached his signature to the proclamation, the information was flashed to the new state.
David Van Risseghem

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...But you are much older than 108 years, Oklahoma. You've been a land of people yearning to be free and stay free.

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