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Return to:   The Road to Statehood - Alaska's governor, Mike Stepovich, and congressional advocates for statehood for the northern territory were jubilant after Senate passage of the Alaskan statehood bill.
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Truman Congratulates new Senator E. H. Gruening

Truman Congratulates Newcomer: Former President Harry S. Truman congratulates a new Senator form the nations's newest state - Ernest Gruening of Alaska, at the Capitol, January 7, 1959. Truman, a former senator himself, was on hand for the opening session of the new Congress.

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