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Texas becomes a state: from the nation's capital...

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December 30, 1845

NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 30, 1845  

* Texas statehood
* Joins the Union
* Nation's capital

History tells us that on December 29, 1845, Texas became the 28th state in the United States. Formerly part of Mexico, Texas had been an independent country since 1836.
Page 4, under the heading "Texas", is half a column reporting on the discussions on the admission of Texas to the Union. Ultimately it concludes with: "...Whereupon the bill extending the laws of the United States over the state of Texas was forthwith read a third time and passed [It needs but the Presidential signature to become a law.]...".
President James K. Polk would sign the document on the 29th.
Wonderful to have this report not only in the newspaper from the nation's capital which was the "mouthpiece" of the federal government, but dated the day after Texas officially become a state.
Four pages, being the last issue in a bound volume the spine is quite irregular which does cause text loss on page 3. Binding residue on the back page, a few creases, some light damp stains & foxing, and some wear at the margins.

Note: this is the tri-weekly edition of the Intelligencer. The daily edition had the identical report in the issue of the 29th.

Category: Pre-Civil War