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Saturday, February 18, 2017

The 14th Star

House Journal, February 18, 1791:

A message from the Senate, by Mr. Otis, their Secretary:

Mr. Speaker: I am directed to inform this House, that the President of the United States did, this day, approve and sign, an act which originated in the Senate, entitled "An act for the admission of the State of Vermont into this Union." And then he withdrew.

This is what Washington signed:

[O]n the fourth day of March, one thousand seven hundred and ninety-one, the said State, by the name and style of "the State of Vermont," shall be received and admitted into this Union, as a new and entire member of the United States of America.

Still an independent republic (yes, a republic) for a couple more weeks, but officially on the way to being in the Union for realz...


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