Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Arizona Statehood Day

On February 14, 1912, President Taft, using a golden pen, signed the proclaimation that made Arizona the forty-eighth state in the Union. This event came exactly fifty years after Jefferson Davis had proclaimed Arizona a territory of the Confederate States of America.

Madeline Ferrin Pare and Bert M. Fireman, Arizona Pageant: A Short History of the 48th State (Tempe, AZ: Arizona Historical Foundation, 1975), p. 220.

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